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Despite a 30-day closure of the McHenry County jail lobby, detainees now can video chat with friends and family once each week at no cost.
Caution amid the spread of COVID-19 prompted the the sheriff's office close the lobby to the McHenry County jail, 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock. In an effort to allow continued access to visitations, however, the McHenry County Sheriff's Office and its video visitation vendor, ICSolutions, will provide free 25-minute visitations to detainees once each week.
The remote visitations will temporarily replace the on-site visits, which are conducted through video on a jail computer.
Video visitations must be scheduled at least four hours in advance. Anyone seeking additional visitations throughout the week will be charged the standard $12.50 fee. ICSolutions’ video services require a high-speed internet connection on both ends, and is not compatible with Apple products.
Instructions about how to set up a video session are available online at mchenrysheriff.org/corrections/video-visitation.aspx.