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Family, Friends Even Lawyers Can Now Visit Inmates Via The Web In Cape May County

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – They’re calling it a national first down the shore. A chance for jail inmates to connect, by video, with loved ones on the outside. And it’s all perfectly legal. In fact, the jailers set it all up.

Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer got the idea after watching his wife use Skype to talk with their granddaughter. His search led him to a firm called IWEBVISIT. Outsiders can register as a user and then access the service, $10 dollars for a 20 minute visit with an inmate that can be conferenced with several people from anywhere with a computer hookup.

“Our visiting hours, in person, are seven and a half hours a week. If you’re lucky, you can get a visit a week. This system enables 12 hours a day, seven days a week and they can have up to three visits in a day,” Schaffer says.

The system’s also available for professionals, like bail bondsmen and attorneys, to reach clients. While their encounters with inmates will be secure, web visits with family and friends will be recorded just as if they were in the facility.

People can go to and click on the IWEBVISIT icon.

Reported By David Madden, KYW Newsradio.

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  • Maria

    I think this is a pretty brilliant idea especially since it can cut down on the number of incidents where visitors are bringing in contraband such as drugs and cell phones. Its also good for the disabled who may not be able to see thier families. The video chat’s can be recorded just as phone calls can be… I’m sure the prison staff would prefer monitoring this form of communication than face-to-face visits….

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