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New technology extends visiting options for prisoners and their families

Some new technology is allowing the Pinal County Sheriff's Office to offer inmates visits with their family around the world.

For a small fee, the inmates can use the Internet to see and talk to family members, according to Sheriff's Office IT spokesman Matt Dimuzio.

“In the past we had an on-sight video visit system that this new iWeb system replaced,” Dimuzio said. “On sight, our visiting hours are from 8 o’clock to 8 o’clock. Through the web, our visiting hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. so we extended it another four hours.”

Dimuzio says the best part of the new system is it's 100 percent free for taxpayers and he says eventually the fees that are charged will make a profit for the Sheriff's office.