Southern Illinois Prison Begins Video Visitation

Inmates at the Tri County Detention Center in Pulaski County will be able to video chat with friends and family — for a fee.

The prison began using the HomeWAV system this month to let inmates virtually visit with people, without having the visitors travel to the facility in Ullin, about 30 miles south of Carbondale.

Warden Damon Acuff says video visitations are "the wave of the future."

Reporters say the video chats will soon be available 24 hours a day. Computer "visitation stations" with a PC, video monitor and webcam have been set up in the facility's day rooms.

The HomeWAV system costs 50 cents a minute, plus an additional 50 cents for each video chat.

That means a five-minute visit would cost $3.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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