POSTED: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 5:54pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 3:17pm
There are some new changes coming to the Smith County jails.
There will now be kiosks at the new low risk facility off Highway 69 and Public Road, and at the Sheriff's office.
You can add money to an inmates account for food, or pay bonds online.
You can do this from home now, as well.
Another new change is visitation, which will now be done solely from the new low risk facility.
It will no longer be face to face either, but through video.
Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith says it will help save time for everyone involved and be much more streamlined this way.
"We don't have to move inmates around as much, and you won't see people at Elm Street facility gathered outside all during the day waiting to visit loved ones," Smith said.
The online payment kiosks charge a $10 fee, plus 7 percent of bail.
The sheriff's department is also launching a new Twitter page, and a mobile push alert system.