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Inmates Use Internet Behind Bars


By KMVT News

Boise, Idaho ( KBOI-TV ) A new system at the Ada County Jail allows inmates more freedom when it comes to communicating with family and friends.

The jail will now allow inmates to communicate through video chat, email, photo message and voice mail for a price.

Family members or friends just set up an account and make deposits whenever they want to give the inmate more time to talk.

With the new system, visitors don't have to come to the jail and can simply schedule a video chat anytime from anywhere.

"For most of us who live in the age of technology, it's really been really helpful, you can schedule around it. They don't have to come and worry about specific scheduling and visiting times. I actually prefer it," says Wendy Hisner, Ada County inmate.

The system also allows for inmates to access the internet, which costs 10 cents a minute. Emails can be sent out for 35 cents each.

The list of websites available to inmates is limited, but does include popular sites such as CNN, ESPN and Hulu.

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