ELLSWORTH – The Hancock County Jail is looking to change what it does for visitations. Instead of inmates looking at loved ones through a glass at the jail, they can be anywhere.
“We are installing a video system in the Hancock County Jail,” said Sheriff Scott Kane.
This new system works like Skype or Facetime, where a simple press of button can let them be with their families on special occasions, such as Graduation Day or opening up presents on Christmas.
“It will increase their hours from 8 hours a week to 12 hours a day for 7 days – so that will be 84 hours a week where they can visit,” he said.
This new method will help with security. It’s also well received with inmates.
“It’s going to benefit them – it’s going to benefit everybody,” said Kane, “It’s going to benefit my staff, budget and inmates by increasing their contact with family and friends.”
This will be inmates primary source of communication with loved ones. Contact visitations hasn’t be available for some time at the jail, with the exceptions for emergencies.
“It’s the trend of the future and I think this is a good opportunity with the company that we are going with, to take advantage of this technology,” he said.