ALACHUA COUNTY
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
December 10, 2013 Regular BoCC Meeting
Agenda Item #13


Title
Presentation: Jail Video Visitation System (Amended)

Amount
N/A

Description
Presentation by Jail Director on the Internet Video Visitation System being implemented at the Jail, a request to the Board to adopt an ordinance which would authorize the Sheriff to deposit a percentage of the profits shared by the Vendor into the Inmate Welfare Fund.

Recommendation
Hear a presentation by the Jail Director on the Internet Video Visitation System being implemented at the Jail, including a request to the Board to adopt an ordinance which would authorize the Sheriff to deposit a percentage of the profits shared by the Vendor into the Inmate Welfare Fund.

Alternative(s)
Do not hear a presentation and do not adopt an ordinance authorizing the Sheriff to deposit a percentage of the profits shared by the Vendor into the Inmate Welfare Fund.

Requested By
Sheriff Sadie Darnell, Alachua County Sheriff

Originating Department
Alachua County Sheriff's Office

Attachment(s) Description
Sample Ordinance authorizing deposit of commissions into Inmate Welfare Fund

Documents Requiring Action
Sample Ordinance

Executive Summary
The Sheriff has signed a contract with a vendor to provide Internet-based video visitation. Half of the purchase price of this system came from the Inmate Welfare Fund. The vendor will charge a fee to each user, and will remit a percentage of the profit to the Sheriff. The presentation by the Jail Director will familiarize the Board with this system and the need for enabling legislation to authorize the deposit of the profits in the Inmate Welfare Fund.

Background
Currently, family and friends are permitted to visit via video kiosks set up at the jail. The Internet system will allow them, and attorneys who simply need to talk with their client without exchanging paperwork, to visit with an inmate via an Internet connection - similar to Skyping. The vendor will charge a fee to each person who utilizes this service, and a percentage of the vendor's profits will be remitted to the Sheriff. The Inmate Welfare Fund (IWF) contributed nearly half of the cost of the system, and the Sheriff believes these profits should be used to reimburse the fund, which is used to benefit overall inmate welfare. As the Sheriff is a county budget officer, normally she would be required to remit these monies to the General Fund of the County. However, the County can authorize, via an ordinance, the deposit of these monies into the Inmate Welfare Fund.

Issues
Should the Board decide not to adopt an ordinance authorizing the deposit of monies received from the vendor into the Inmate Welfare Fund, that Fund's expenditures will not be recovered.

Fiscal Recommendation
N/A

Fiscal Alternative(s)
N/A

Funding Sources
N/A

Account Code(s)
N/A


Attachment:  Internet Based Video Visitation System Profits.pdf