AUSTIN (KXAN) — Family and friends of inmates in Travis County jail will now be able to visit their loved ones face-to-face for the first time in three years.
After funding issues, The Travis County Commissioners developed a solution to bring face-to-face visits back to those incarcerated. Previously the jail only allowed for meetings via video.
“Today I am happy to be a resident in Travis County, thankful that our voices were heard and families here have one more way to maintain their relationships! The work isn’t over yet though, this practice still threatens families across the nation. My hope is that they can look to us and see that they too, can make a difference!” said Lauren Johnson of the Travis County Re-Entry Advocacy Project.
The first face-to-face visits since 2013 began at 9 a.m., Tuesday April 19. The visits separated by plexiglass will end at 1 p.m. daily.
“I am gratified that, through collaboration with the Travis County Sheriffs Office, in-person visitation has been restored so that loved ones of the people in our custody are able to have meaningful contact,” said Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt in a statement.Eligibility requirements:
- To qualify for face-to-face visits inmates must first be in jail for a minimum of 60 days
- Inmates must be in minimum or medium security levels
- Can’t have any disciplinary issues.