RACINE COUNTY — Instead of waiting for the weekend to visit someone in the Racine County Jail, head there starting today to have a video visit.

Starting this morning, inmates’ friends and relatives may have 20-minute video visitation with their loved ones in addition to the face-to-face visits already allowed on weekends, according to the Racine County Sheriff’s Office, which operates the county’s jail. Thursday is the only day during which visits do not need to be scheduled 24 hours in advance, sheriff’s Lt. David Kinservik said.

“It gives them more chances to talk to their loved ones,” he said.

That additional contact sometimes can help misbehaving inmates clean up their act, he said, or soothe fears or frustrations. Video visitation is a privilege, Kinservik said, which can be taken away.

Visits may be conducted from 8-11 a.m.; 1-4:30 p.m.; and 6-9 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office.

According to video visitation rules, visitors must be at least 18 years old and present a photo ID before the visit. Children and infants must be accompanied by an adult.

Kinservik said sheriff’s officials have been considering video visitation for years. When the phone contract was updated between the Racine County Board and Securus Technologies last year, Kinservik said the capability to provide video visitation was added. He said there was no added cost to the Sheriff’s Office for Securus Technologies to add this feature.

Video visits will be recorded by the sheriff’s office, just as are jail telephone calls, Kinservik said.

Before the end of the year, family and friends may conduct these visits in their homes, Kinservik said — or anywhere they have access to a computer with an Internet connection.

To schedule a video visit with an inmate, go to http://108.235.185.195/vizvox/. Video visits also may be scheduled at the jail; the Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin; or at http://rcj-web.goracine.org/. At this website, type in the inmate’s name, click on it, then click on the “Visitor Information” button to schedule a visit.

(2) comments

mfirebrand1

Just another form of punishment and isolation. Also a good way of cutting more needed jobs from RCJ workers.

faithandfamily

This system of visitation is not only cold and sterile feeling for both inmate and loved one, but also so inconsistant with policy of when and how often visits can be scheduled. I fully understand that customer service to the public is the farthest thing from the departments cares or concerns, but access to some type of policy and procedure seems only fair. I hope one day some of the rude people I have spoken to when contacting the department searching for answers have to visit a loved one someday and can't get a visit. Two thumbs down.

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