The Italian Justice Ministry announced, on Wednesday January 29th, that it will allow Italian prisoners to communicate with their relatives via Skype video six times a month.
In a report by AFP, the ministry said that Skype calls would be subject to the same surveillance and security screening as visits, and that prisoners should provide the address they want to contact as well as a certificate proving that they belong to a relative.
"It will be easier for prisoners to be able to contact their children, parents or spouse, while transfers, waiting times and meetings on site will be reduced," the ministry said in a statement.
After a successful pilot programme, the authorities decided to allow the use of Skype in prisons throughout Italy.
Video calls are already allowed in hundreds of US prisons.