ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Prisoners housed at the Northern Illinois jail will get tablets that will function as a phone and for permitted classes.
The tablets won’t have internet browsing features, social media platforms, video, or camera functionalities. Rather, they are intranet-based and will only support content sanctioned by the sheriff.
The features will include anger management and parenting classes. Only prisoners with sufficient balance in commissary accounts will be able to make calls.
Prisoners will have access to the tablets from 8 a.m. to 10p.m.
A Winnebago County corrections officer and union vice president, Mike Delgado, said he paid visits to the Kenosha County Jail in Wisconsin that allows its inmates access to tablets. He said it reduced prison fights significantly.