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Travis County Jail to allow webcam visitation

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In the next four to six months Travis County inmates will have a new way to communicate with the outside world in the form of a video chat.

"If you have a family member in another part of the united states that family member can video conference with you," said Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe.

On Tuesday Travis County Commissioners including Judge Biscoe voted to approve a contract with Securus Technologies.

They would install 184 stations at their expense at three Travis county facilities.

Judge Sam Biscoe says it will make it convenient and efficient for attorneys to visit with clients, a service that will be free. For friends and family members it will cost $20 dollars for a 20-minute video call with $4 of every call coming back to the county.

Travis County will be one of the first counties in the state to use this type of technology for family members.

Judge Biscoe says guards will monitor the chats to prevent video sex or drug transactions from happening.

"The more real violations you have the more issues you have to monitor the greater the personnel you have to have available," said Biscoe.

Biscoe says it will take anywhere from two to three years to determine if that will create any additional costs.

The County says it will take about a year for the video chat program to be available to all 2,300 inmates.

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