Arkansas jail to start new video visitation system

      PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) - An official with an eastern Arkansas county jail says he expects video visitation services for inmates to begin this week.

      Greene County Jail administrator Dave Tierney tells the Paragould Daily Press ( ) that inmates and their visitors should be able to talk to each other through video calls starting Wednesday. Tierney says that before, visitors would meet face-to-face in what he called a "chaotic" and "free-for-all" process.

      He says his plan is to streamline the process into remote video conferencing made only by appointments. He says all visits will be recorded.

      The new 75,000-square-foot jail opened last month and can house nearly 500 inmates. Voters in Greene County passed a sales tax increase in November 2012 to help pay for its construction.

      Information from: Paragould Daily Press,

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