If you ask anybody who has ever done a bid in jail/prison, they’ll tell you that visits from loved ones mean a lot. However, one jail in Massachusetts is doing away with in-person visits and allowing only video calls. The jail in question is the Bristol County House of Corrections in North Dartmouth. It will be the first facility in the state to do so. The measure is being taken in an attempt to halt the smuggling of contraband into the facility.
According to ABC WCVB:
In the next week few weeks, a trailer on prison grounds will be set up and equipped with rows of video conferencing equipment for visitors to use.
Remote video calls will also be possible. Visitors will be charged for these calls but correction officials are not yet sure what the exact fees will be.
This is not the first controversial decision by Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson. He has also proposed charging inmates a daily incarceration fee and sending them to work on the border wall between Mexico and the United States.