Boyd County Jail

The main entrance to the Boyd County Jail in Catlettsburg. KEVIN GOLDY | THE DAILY INDEPENDENT

CATLETTSBURG The Boyd County Fiscal Court approved several measures on Tuesday to benefit the Boyd County Detention Center.

Approvals included a bid of $244,275 to a company called New Tech for security upgrades and the acceptance of a proposal from GTL for inmate video and telephone call services.

The New Tech bid will allow for the jail to replace security cameras, install a new control panel and intercoms and install a new keycard lock conversion.

With the GTL proposal, Boyd County Jailer Bill Hensley said the company is guaranteeing the jail will receive $11,000 in revenue a month versus the $2,500 the jail currently receives with another provider.

He explained inmates receive 30 minutes for a free video visit a week along with one free five minute phone call a week. He noted visitations are now done through video chat similar to Skype, a telecommunications application.  

Family and friends and even inmates can pay for extra calls and visits. These payments go directly back to the jail and will be used for areas like a new medical room and equipment for the jail's new work program, said Hensley.

With the new service Hensley said visitors will not have to go to the jail to have an official visit, and will instead have the option to video chat from wherever they please with an inmate.

The proposal also includes a $125,000 tech grant over the life of the contract (four years), a free law library for inmates and a free offsite mail service to inspect mail before it enters the jail.

“The mail will actually go to an offsite location, they scan all the mail electronically,” said Hensley.

During the meeting Hensley also told the fiscal court that he renegotiated the jail's contract with Kellwell Food Management, reducing the price of meals by 22 cents per meal. The total annual savings will be $81,906.

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