Hardly anyone smiles for a mugshot, but the new video visitation program at the Chesterfield County Detention Center should have inmates, administration, family, friends and lawyers grinning.
The county has launched a video visitation program that is “a fully web-based visitation system,” Chesterfield County Administrator Denise Douglass told members of county council earlier this month.
The system will allow family and friends, attorneys and others the opportunity to schedule and participate in video visitation sessions with an inmate from any personal computer connected to the Internet.
According to Douglass, this technology will reduce inmate movement for visitations, eliminate contraband from entering the facility, reduce visitation center traffic, and enhance visitation hours with no added costs.
The new system will cut the use of staff in monitoring personal visitations at the jail, and allow administrators to monitor online.
Douglass also said the county’s magistrates are hoping to use the video visitation system to conduct bond hearings.
— Karen Kissiah can be reached at 843-537-5261.