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In-person visits return to Travis County Jail
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano
Yesterday, face-to-face visitation returned to the Travis County Jail. It was the first time such visitation has been allowed since 2013, when Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton enacted a policy that allowed only for video chat interface. That policy was struck down during the county budget process. In a press release about the official return of in-person visitation, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt said, “I am gratified that, through collaboration with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, in-person visitation has been restored so that loved ones of the people in our custody are able to have meaningful contact.” According to that same press release, in-person visits are available at minimum- or medium-security levels for inmates who have been incarcerated for more than 60 days and have not had any disciplinary infractions during their incarceration.
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