SC inmates must conduct visits through video conferencing

Friday, September 3 2010

A new video conferencing system will be set up at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, South Carolina, following a ruling that all inmate visits must be carried out via video conference.

The video visitations will be conducted Monday through Thursday, with additional weekend visitation on Saturdays, at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center Administration Building, WMBF News reports. Inmates are allowed two scheduled visits per week, and the visits must be reserved as many as seven days but no sooner than 24 hours before the desired time.

Detention center spokesman Tom Fox said the system should be functional by next week, meaning that families won't have to go long without speaking to their imprisoned loved ones.

Using video conferencing technology as a tool to communicate with inmates is becoming an increasingly popular practice, thanks to the safety it affords both visitors and guards since inmates never have to be moved from their cells. In Virginia, however, inmates on death row are not permitted any kind of visitation, via video or otherwise.ADNFCR-3295-ID-19935960-ADNFCR