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County jail making virtual visitation mandatory

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People wanting visitation with inmates at the Lexington County Detention Center will have to do so via video from now on.

Starting July 14, all visitation with inmates at the detention center will be conducted via the Internet. People wanting to visit with inmates held at the detention center can do so through any computer or smart phone with a web camera and high-speed connection. The virtual visitation will allow hours to be expanded on weeknights and all inmates will be able to participate in visitation on the weekends.

Previously on weekends, not all units were able to have visitation privileges at all sessions. Video visitation also allows children under 12 to participate. Previously, kids under 12 could not visit the detention center.

Lexington County Sheriff A. Lewis McCarty says a growing number of inmates and their relatives have opted for video visitations.  Video visitation has been offered at the facility since November of 2012.

In-person visitation will be allowed between inmates and their attorneys and under some special circumstances.

Starting July 14, visitation hours will be 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 2-5 p.m., and 8-10 p.m. Monday through Friday. On weekends, visitation hours are from 9 am - 12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.

To schedule a visitation, click here. People who don't have access to a computer can conduct video visitation through booths at the detention center. Click here for additional information about the detention center and its policies

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