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Oahu jail switching to no-contact visit system

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HONOLULU (AP) - People visiting inmates at Hawaii's most crowded jail will no longer be able to touch them.

There will be no contact during visits at Oahu Community Correctional Center starting Oct. 10.

A major reason for the security change is to prevent contraband items such as drugs being passed to inmates.

Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda says the change will reduce the strain on staff during visits.

Visits will take place in glassed-off interview rooms that are already in the existing visitation room.

There will also be a new schedule that allows visits seven days a week. Currently, visits are held only on weekends.

Families will be allowed to schedule one, 30-minute visit per week, with up to two people visiting an inmate at a time.

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