When prisoners are a ‘revenue opportunity’





A new 384-bed jail opened in Lancaster, Ohio, earlier this summer. The building, which serves Fairfield County, replaces three smaller, antiquated facilities with a single modern one. The jail has high-tech security gadgetry, up-to-date living areas, and a controversial innovation that in recent years has spread across the country: video visitation. Video visitation is a system in which visitors use a telephone-like handset, a camera, and a screen …

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