There is no in-person visitation allowed at Texas' Hays County Jail. The chance for inmates to touch their loved ones vanished when the jail entered into a contract with Securus Technologies, a firm based in Dallas that now handles all inmate-visitor communication within the jail. $10 a phone call and $8 for video chats, although prices vary depending on where an inmate is incarcerated. The prison phone business is a big one, raking in $1.2b/year in revenues.
Among those profiting from the practice are county sheriffs, who receive commissions on these prison telecom companies' total revenue.