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Wed., Aug. 17, 2011, 1:07 p.m.

Twin Falls jail goes virtual for all inmate visits - no more in-person visiting

At the Twin Falls County Jail, inmate visits are now virtual, rather than in-person, the Times-News reports today. Last month, the jail switched from traditional jail visitation to the new video system, which it got for free as a beta test of the new equipment. "We're the guinea pigs," Lt. Mike Wiggins told the newspaper. For now, visitors go to a kiosk in the jail lobby, while inmates use video terminals in their cell blocks; within two months, the system will allow visits from home computer webcams. Inmates get two 30-minute visits per week for free; visitors pay for additional time at $3 per half-hour; you can read the full report here from Times-News reporter Bradley Guire.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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