Video chatting coming to Travis County jail, for a price

Inmates would be able to chat with family and friends

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AUSTIN, Texas - Travis County jails are to become the first in the state to make video-chatting technology available to inmates.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that the video-chatting will debut Wednesday in the county's jails.  The 2,000 inmates in the system would pay $20 for a 20-minute call that would be scheduled up to once a day.

Securus Technologies Inc. will run the system, collect most of the fee and pay the county $4.60 per call. 

Using the system, inmates will be able to chat with family and friends at home.

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