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Polk County Launches Video Feature For Jail Visits

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Authorities in Polk County are allowing people to communicate with inmates via video without ever stepping into the jail.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office unveiled the video feature Wednesday. It allows family and friends of inmates to talk to them from their homes, offices or other remote locations.

Des Moines television station KCCI reports inmates will be given two 20-minute video visits per week.

Officials say the video will reduce lines at the jail, expand visiting hours, and limit children's exposure to the jail environment.

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