Quantcast

Cherokee County Jail adds new video visitation software - KOAM TV 7

Cherokee County Jail adds new video visitation software

Updated:

A new video visitation system installed in Cherokee County -- is benefiting the county in more ways than one. The new technology at the jail is benefiting everyone -- from inmates, to their families and the county.

It might look a little complicated at first glance...but inmate visitation just got easier...and more convenient.  Thanks to new software installed at the Cherokee County Jail, operations are becoming more efficient for everyone.

 

"We've seen the opportunity with the Homewav system will not only benefit the county as a little bit of a source of revenue, but also for the inmates convenience for long distance ones to still be able to connect with their family." says Cherokee County Undersheriff, Terry Clugston.

The homewave video system allows family and friends to go online, create an account and use a credit card to grant them access to have a video visit with an inmate for 50 cents per minute....which is more affordable than the typical collect phone call. Officials say this new way of visitation works for traveling visitors.

"It takes down the amount of work the in house correctional officer has to deal with the people coming in on specific days to do a face to face. Even though there's a barrier there, it's a face to face visitation, so...that requires additional security measures. So we've really eliminated a lot of that and it's been a win win so far." says Sheriff David Groves

The Homewav system is not only a privilege for inmates who get to use it, but it's also a convenience for family members who may have to travel from far away."

The jail currently holds 27 inmates from Sedgewick county, and 1 from Crawford County.  Which can add up to more than an hours worth of travel time.

"It gives us a tool for inmate management. They are told up front that it's a privilege. If it's abusive, if anything is inappropriate then those privileges are revoked. And we have the opportunity to monitor and record those visits as they are occurring live." Groves says.

So far the county has not seen any problems with inmates abusing the new system.

For more information on the Homewav system, click here

  • Kelly ReidMore>>

  • Local Women's Shelters See Increase Support for Domestic Abuse Victims

    Local Women's Shelters See Increase Support for Domestic Abuse Victims

    Friday, September 12 2014 6:35 PM EDT2014-09-12 22:35:56 GMT
    Domestic violence has been the headline this week with the NFL and the situation involving Ray Rice. Now local women's shelters are seeing an increase in calls coming in. Shelters across our area say when domestic violence makes headlines nationally, people in our area take notice.More >>
    Domestic violence has been the headline this week with the NFL and the situation involving Ray Rice. Now local women's shelters are seeing an increase in calls coming in. Shelters across our area say when domestic violence makes headlines nationally, people in our area take notice.More >>
  • First Responders Honored with Memorial Monument

    First Responders Honored with Memorial Monument

    Thursday, September 11 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-09-11 22:31:26 GMT
    To serve and protect is a risk first responders take every day. One college is remembering the fallen with a memorial and dedication. The four states is no stranger to tragedy. While our nation grieved as a whole on September 11, 2001, our community grieved together on May 22, 2011. Now Crowder College is remembering all those who gave their lives...to protect ours.More >>
    To serve and protect is a risk first responders take every day. One college is remembering the fallen with a memorial and dedication. The four states is no stranger to tragedy. While our nation grieved as a whole on September 11, 2001, our community grieved together on May 22, 2011. Now Crowder College is remembering all those who gave their lives...to protect ours.More >>
  • Galena High School Expansion Continues

    Galena High School Expansion Continues

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-09-10 21:37:31 GMT
    Galena High School is nearing the end of an expansion project. Although the 7.5 million dollar project is opening later than expected, we spoke with officials about how they're bringing the school into the 21st century while still keeping a piece of history.More >>
    Galena High School is nearing the end of an expansion project. Although the 7.5 million dollar project is opening later than expected, we spoke with officials about how they're bringing the school into the 21st century while still keeping a piece of history.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.