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Stay up to date with Department of Corrections visiting rules

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- If you want to visit an inmate in Yakima's county jail, correctional officers remind you there are some rules to follow. Yakima County's Department of Corrections does not allow face-to-face visits with inmates. They have a video conferencing center where family and friends of the inmates can go to visit.

The center is at the Yakima Valley Community Restitution Center in Union Gap. It has monitors with cameras on top. The feed goes to the county jail where inmates can see and talk to whoever is on the other end. The Department of Corrections says it helps keep the public and the inmates safe."It's a big safety and security benefit for us because it takes the public away from our downtown facility where all our inmates are at," said Chief Scott Himes.

Correctional officers say the separation also prevents contraband from getting to the inmates, and it keeps the DOC from getting over-crowded. The only face-to-face visits the inmates can have are with professionals such as their attorneys.

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