Officials say system to prevent contraband

By The Associated Press

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) — Visitors to the new DeSoto County jail will speak with inmates by video.

Board of supervisors attorney Tony Nowak tells the Commercial Appeal that officials believe it will help stop contraband from getting into the jail.

Supervisors this week approved a contract with Securus Technologies Inc., a provider of inmate communications services.

The phone and video-visitation system is tied with the $16 million new jail project, a 65,000-square-foot facility of concrete and steel on 52 acres off U.S. Highway 51 South that will be ready to receive its first inmates in October.

Under the five-year pact, Securus pays the county $100,000 for starters, and the sheriff’s department gets half of the fees inmates pay for phone calls.