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Contact Visitation in West Virginia Regional Jails Ending July 1

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ELKINS - Contact visits at regional jails in West Virginia will be changing next month.

Traditionally, the jails have had two types of visitation, non contact and contact visitation.

West Virginia Regional Jail Authority Director Joe DeLong said non-contact visitation is a right that inmates have, but contact visitation is a privilege.

Jail officials said contact visits were being abused by inmates bringing drugs into jail cells.

The jails will expand non contact visitation and also offer technology where families can see loved ones without having to visit.

"Were expanding technology to hopefully soon all of our 10 regional jails will offer video visitation, where people who want to visit with inmates won't have to come into the jails to do it," said Joe DeLong, West Virginia Regional Jail Authority Director.

Central Regional Jail currently offers video visitation.

Delong said the technology will allow families who have a webcam and personal computer to sign into a service and visit inmates. 

"We're trying to expand the opportunities for families and inmates to visit, but at the same time we're trying to make it a secure environment to cut down on the abuse on the contraband being brought into our facilities," DeLong said.

Delong said the non visitation expansion opportunities will be fully in place by July 1, and the kiosk video visitation systems are being built now and will be implemented during the months ahead.

Delong said it's all about the safety and security. Changes in the jail population was one of the factors for the revisions.
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