Nothing beats a visit from a family member in person, but at least inmates in Vermont prisons will have a number of electronic options open to them and their loved ones.
"Officials will review the policy in two weeks to determine if the in-person visits can then resume, said Alan Cormier, the department's director of corrections. In the mean time, inmates can communicate with family and friends through video calls at designated kiosks. The vendor, a technology company called GTL, has offered to provide inmates with one free "video visitation" a week during this period, Cormier said. Each video call, which can last up to 25 minutes, normally costs $6.95. Inmates also have access to text and photo messaging on digital tablets provided by the corrections department, Cormier added."
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