Oct 26, 2010 1:32 PM by Greg Boyce
The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office is now allowing prisoners to visit with relatives using an internet video link.
Two years ago, the Pueblo County Jail installed a state of the art, internet based, video visitation system from a Texas company called VizVox. It became apparent the system could be used to allow poor and immigrant citizens to visit with relatives who were incarcerated. Those people might not have the ability to get off work or transport themselves to the downtown jail for a face to face visit.
Working with El Centro Los Pobres, a faith-based mission in Avondale, VizVox was able to provide the first interactive remote video visitation system in Colorado.
Los Pobres serves the needs of more than 5,000 immigrant workers in the lower Arkansas Valley.
Using a high speed internet connection to the community center computers, a web camera and microphone, VizVox engineers have been able to provide a real time audio and video connection from the Los Pobres Community Center to the control center at the Pueblo County Jail. Officers can then route the inbound video signal from the Community Center to video communication terminals in the housing units at the Pueblo County Jail. This allows the family members the ability to visit those loved ones incarcerated at the jail without having to travel to the jail and at times that do not conflict with their work schedules in the fields.
Family members and loved ones can schedule their visitation sessions by simply launching an internet connection to the Pueblo County web site. This electronic method for scheduling saves staff time as well.
Sheriff Kirk Taylor said, "Our long term goal is to get this technology to other unincorporated areas of Pueblo County and also some local community locations such as libraries, to better serve our community."