The Monroe County jail is adding an online visitation option in the next few weeks.
Jail Commander Sam Crowe says inmates will be able to use tablets for video chatting with people who they may not otherwise be able to visit with.
“So, if someone has family members in Indianapolis or out of state, they’re able to link in something, sort of like a Skype,” Crowe says.
The tablets will cost 15 cents a minute to use, compared with 24 cents a minute for phone calls.
The sheriff’s office has a contract with Telmate at no cost because the company will make its profits from charging for tablet use. There will be more than two dozen tablets at the facility.
Inmates will also be able to rent movies and play video games, for a charge.
Officials say the online option is not replacing on-site visitations.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.