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Will County jail’s visitation system back online following storm

Updated: September 9, 2014 6:13AM



Audio/video visitation was fully restored at the Will County jail as of Tuesday, said Will County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael O’Leary, who serves as warden.

A June 30 storm disabled the system that allowed the jail’s 800 inmates to visit with their attorneys and family members.

While the system was repaired — at a cost of $93,000 — inmates were limited to one 30-minute visit per week instead of the usual two 30-minute visits.

The video center, across the street from the jail in downtown Joliet, connects to 135 booths at the prison, allowing inmates to see and chat with visitors, and typically has between 4,000 and 5,000 monthly visits.

The repairs, by Stanley Convergent Security Solutions of Noblesville, Indiana, are covered by insurance, with a $25,000 deductible.

The same firm was the lowest of five bidders to replace the jail’s closed circuit television security system, at a cost of $578,000.

In Tuesday’s meeting, the county board’s finance committee approved the bid, which will go before the full county board Aug. 21.



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