Jails offer video calls to inmates after COVID-19 halts in-person visitation

‘Family connection and support is vital,’ Sheriff Alisa Gregory says

Henrico County jail inmates were meeting in person with family and friends an average of 100 times per day before sweeping measures to contain the coronavirus abruptly ended the visitations last March.

While safety protocols have largely limited them to telephone calls during the past year, inmates are now getting a better option to stay in touch with loved ones – video calls.

Under a comprehensive jail services contract with GTL, the Sheriff’s Office has received 70 multimedia tablets that are designed for use in correctional facilities. The devices support video calls through an app called GettingOut and the potential for other benefits, including access to entertainment and resources for education and the development of life skills.

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COVID-19 vaccinations underway in Henrico

The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) are working diligently to provide COVID-19 vaccinations. More than 13,000 people have received the vaccine at RHHD vaccination events and in hospitals and long-term care facilities.

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