Inmates at the Teton County Jail will be able to call loved ones for free starting this weekend.
A new phone line was added by the Teton County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday so inmates can have weekend visitation hours back without the pricey cost of a regular jail phone call.
“There’s an expense there, so we are trying to help where we can,” Lt. Chett Hooper said.
In-person visits were suspended a few weeks ago to ensure no one brings the coronavirus into the jail, a decision that was made after medical professionals advised against such visits.
Hooper said that as the situation evolves so will visitation restrictions.
The calls are free when made during regular visitation hours. Inmates are allowed to call out and have 20 minutes to use the phone. They can call up to four people, Hooper said.
Calls made outside of visitation hours cost $3 for the first minute and 50 cents for every additional minute.
Old-fashioned letters are still OK.
Hooper said in-person visitation will be resumed eventually, but he doesn’t know when.