ALLENTOWN, Pa. | Lehigh County Jail has finalized implementation of a video communication program for inmates, a process slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Lehigh County Department of Corrections announced Monday in a news release that video visitation and tablet communications are currently available for inmates. Devices have been distributed throughout the jail for inmate use.
Officials said the implementation of the tablets began before the onset of the pandemic but was delayed over safety concerns. The tablets have been distributed throughout the housing units over the past two weeks and the process was completed Monday.
Inmates can use the tablets for video visits with family and friends. They will also include free educational software where inmates can access education, treatment and employment programs. Those programs are an upcoming update and will be installed later.
The county had suspended visits to the county jail during the pandemic. A list of services and how they are currently functioning is available on the Lehigh County website.