Due to the possible COVID-19 health concerns and Governor Ducey’s recent “Stay at Home” order, the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility will stop conducting inmate video visitation at the close of the day on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The Sheriff’s Office had previously closed its main office and substation lobbies last week (March 26th).
The jail bond window and lobby will continue to remain open 24 hours a day seven days a week which will allow the public to walk in add money to inmates trust accounts using the lobby kiosk and to conduct bond and other related business. “We want to reiterate that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our facility. Jail administration is exploring the ability to offer inmates other methods to stay in touch with their friends and family in the community,” said Captain Don Bischoff. Inmates are still provided access to the courts, their defense attorney, and investigators through a number of different avenues.
The jail did recently renew its inmate telephone contract which, along with lowering telephone rates, will include remote video visitation capabilities. The transition to the new video system has no firm startup date, but is expected to be up and running in late May or early June. The national public health issue involving VIDEOCOVID-19 has caused the project to be postponed.