Inmates at the Grimes County jail will now have access to video visitation.
Lieutenant David Use from the Grimes County Sheriff’s Office says they have been totally shut down with visitations, due to COVID-19. Eventually, they may go before the legislature and ask to be one of the few jails in the state that is video visitation only.
“We anticipate the video visitation will cut down on the desire for in-person. I mean, it is easier to stay home, and visit on the computer, rather than get dressed up, drive an hour and a half for a 20 minute visit, then drive back,” said Lt. Use.
The system would be video feedback for both sides, similar to a Zoom call. The inmates get two free 20 minute calls a week, but they can use this system every day if they want, just on their own dime beyond the two free calls.
Lt. Use points out it is a very budget friendly move.
“This does not cost the county a penny. They do not charge us for the installation, equipment, maintenance, or upkeep. It is the same company we have out telephone system with, and we are set up to receive 25% of the gross income from the program, back to the county, just like the phone system,” Lt. Use said.
Costs for the video calls are 16 cents per minute in the US, and anything to Mexico or international is 35 center per minute.