When Sherry McCullough goes to the St. Clair County Jail to visit her son, she catches glimpses of his cellmates — sometimes more of the cellmates than she cares to see.
The problem, McCullough said, is that a video visitation system installed in December requires her to sit in one room as her son sits in a crowded jail pod in another section.
“I hate not being able to see him face-to-face when I come to the jail,” McCullough, 42, said Wednesday as she waited with her mother for her son’s image to appear on one of a dozen monitors in the visiting room.
“I want to get a good look at him, to tell him to stand up and turn around so I can see that he’s getting enough to eat and that he hasn’t been hurt.
“Instead, I have to see his cellmates marching around behind him in their underwear.”
But McCullough appreciated the new system in December when, for an introductory price, she could see and speak with him from the comfort of her home, over the Internet.
The special price has since expired, and McCullough said she could no longer afford the home option.
Her reactions are typical of mixed reviews of the jail’s video system.