Some Commissioners Concerned About Possible Lewd Acts On New Online Inmate Visitation System

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Some County Commission members said they are concerned about lewd acts being involved in calls between county jail inmates and family members via a new online visitation system that is under consideration.

Don Gorman of the sheriff's office said that is expected to happen, but he said that a monitor who is watching the video calls can "push a button and discontinue the visit."

An official of EdgeAccess, which is providing the new system, acknowledged that the lewd acts are likely to happen "in the first week."

But he said that when inmates see that such an action immediately causes a call to be halted that word will get around that callers should refrain from such acts. 

Commissioner Warren Mackey asked if the calls can be interrupted due to "First Amendment rights." County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said the sheriff's office has the right to set policies on the calls and enforce them.

The County Commission is expected to approve the new system next Wednesday.




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