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Minnesota prisons add video visitation

Video technology is giving Minnesota inmates a glimpse of the outside world — and often a window into their former homes — from behind bars.

All 11 state Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities now allow inmates to video chat with loved ones via tablet or computer in a program similar to FaceTime or Skype.

The department signed on with Florida video visitation company JPay Inc. this spring. That company was recently acquired by prison technology giant Securus Technologies.


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