County video conferencing laudablePublished 12:18am Friday, June 21, 2013
The two-way mirror was a breakthrough in jailhouse equipment years ago.
It allowed investigators to question suspects while other officers watched for all sorts of signs from another room.
Another way to view inmates — and for the inmates to view others — will solve multiple problems at the Adams County Jail soon.
Over the next few months, new video conferencing will replace regular visitations from friends and family at the jail.
Once equipment and software is up and running, inmates can pay a fee to log on to a computer-based video chat with whomever they like — as long as the jail’s staff OKs the person.
The technology, like the inmate telephone system, will allow inmates to foot the bill.
The new system should also alleviate an ongoing space issue at the jail by freeing up space currently used for face-to-face visitations for much-needed attorney meeting rooms, sheriff’s office leaders say.
The new technology comes on the heels of Adams County Justice Court handling some arraignments and preliminary hearings through the use of video technology.
We applaud the ACSO and other public agencies for seeking ways to use technology to solve problems in a way that doesn’t require additional taxpayer money.