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Aiken County detention center installs video visitation

Visitors will be able to have video conversations with inmates from home

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Aiken County has a new way to visit inmates.

On Feb. 1, the Aiken County Detention Center went exclusively to video visitation, where visitors are able to talk to inmates from anywhere equipped with a computer webcam and high speed internet access, according to a statement from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

The system came at no cost to Aiken County taxpayers, the statement said.

For those who don’t have access to a computer, visitors may conduct video visits in the lobby of the detention center at 435 Wire Road.

Visitors who use the at-home video visitation will be able to schedule and conduct their visit without driving to the detention center. Until May 31, charges are $5 for 20 minutes and $10 for 40 minutes, the statement said.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/12/14 - 08:07 am
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No cost to taxpayers? When will we learn their lips are moving.
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No cost to taxpayers? When will we learn their lips are moving.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/12/14 - 11:52 am
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This is a pretty good idea,

This is a pretty good idea, especially for out of town family members.

willie Lee
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willie Lee 03/12/14 - 09:45 pm
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Racket!
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What a joke...this arrangement allows Securus (the company which installs the equipment) to make money on the misfortune of the families of the inmates, and allows the state to monitor all conversations including those of attorney/client. The county gets a kick-back from the fees people pay and takes away the one on one visitation of family members with their incarcerated relatives. And just maybe, some of these inmates are innocent.

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corgimom 03/13/14 - 11:37 am
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Takes care of contraband

Takes care of contraband being smuggled in, too.

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