Detention Center begins Internet visitation

From AberdeenTimes.com

Sheriff Neil Godfrey announced today that the Moore County Detention Center is now offering at-home internet visitation for inmates and their families. Family members and friends will be able to visit inmates and schedule those visits from the comfort of their home, office or other location equipped with a computer, camera, microphone and high speed internet access.

Visitors will be able to go online to the Moore County Sheriff’s Office website and register for inmate visitation and schedule on-site or online visits.

Sheriff Neil Godfrey

Sheriff Neil Godfrey

The Detention Center is using Renovo Software’s inmate visitation management system in order to manage both on-site video visitation as well as the new online visits through a single, web-based system. The visits will be monitored.

The change, however, involves far more improvements than the simple ability to visit an inmate online. This system automatically takes visitor restrictions, detention center policies, inmate location, video station availability, and many other factors into account. Visitors will receive automatic confirmation and cancellation notification. The Detention Center will save time and money through all these efficiencies.

The main reason for the use of an inmate video visitation system is for the safety and security of the staff and inmates. Detention officers will no longer have to move inmates to the visitation room for visits. Instead, inmates will visit from visitation monitors located in their housing units. The use of an inmate video visitation system will also enable the Detention Center to allow more visits between inmates and their families without adding staff.

By charging a small fee for the new at-home visitation service, the Detention Center will generate revenue to further offset costs. Visitors will be charged $10.00 for a 20 minute internet visit. Those who take advantage of the on-line video visitation system will save time and money by being able to schedule their visit and conduct their visit at their convenience without driving to the Detention Center.

Visitors will not be charged for any visits during the period July 1 through July 15.

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