Scheduling changes to inmate visitation

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The process for scheduling inmate visitation times at the Mesa County jail is different starting Thursday morning.

Officials say inmates get about 200 visitors a week and more than 100,000 per year.

Now, visitors must visit the Sheriff's Office website or go to a kiosk in the jail's lobby to schedule a time.

Previously though, they had to call the office during business hours.

"We've moved to video visitation exclusively about a year ago," says Sheriff's Office spokesperson, Heather Benjamin. "We don't have any face-to-face visits through the glass for families and friends, it's all done by video."

The Sheriff's Office is also implementing a new list-based system for visitors.

During booking, inmates will be able to make a list of 10 pre-approved visitors.

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