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BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Officials with the Ada County Jail say
face-to-face visits between inmates and their friends, spouses or
relatives will be replaced with online chats.
Ada County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Andrea Dearden says the jail will end traditional visits between inmates and the public
starting Monday. The face-to-face visits will be replaced with
chats via laptops with webcams.
Officials making the switch with video software developed for
the jail by Blackfin, a Boise-based technology company.
Jail officials say the biggest advantages to the new system are
increased flexibility for visitors and improved efficiencies at the
jail, where deputies will no longer need to take the time to remove
inmates from cell blocks and screen visitors.
The Twin Falls County Jail has also ended face-to-face visits with inmates.