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Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 07/27/2012

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Family and friends of inmates no longer need to enter the D.C. jail for visits. (MARVIN JOSEPH/TWP - THE WASHINGTON POST)
The D.C. jail has a new system for inmate visits: Their loved ones must now sit in front of a camera at a new Video Visitation Center and converse electronically. The benefits are substantial: fewer security hassles, more capacity for visits and greater convenience. But a Post editorial today notes serious drawbacks: “In-person visits provide the obvious benefit of strengthening family ties in times that can threaten those bonds, and they do much to preserve inmates’ morale. ... Ultimately, the option of in-person visitation should be restored, at least as an alternative to video visits as it is in states like Virginia. In the meantime, the D.C. jail owes the public an explanation for heaping an even greater burden on those who already suffer enough.”

In other news:

New D.C. school test scores are in: Math is up, reading is flat (Post, Examiner, WaTimes)

Tommy Wells says let’s relax those speeding camera fines, maybe (D.C. Wire, Examiner)

There are lots of perfectly legal ways to influence a local political campaign (WBJ)

United Medical Center board gives CEO Frank DeLisi the heave-ho (WBJ)

At least one cop appears not to have gotten the cameras-are-OK memo (WTTG-TV, Atlantic Cities)

Washington Business Journal editor: “The mayor is either lying or just about the most clueless leader around. Either way, he must resign for the good of the city.” (WBJ)

Jonetta Rose Barras is not a fan of the “One City Action Plan, “ calling it “a rehashed amalgam of goals and strategies previously advertised” (Examiner)

No scandal questions for Vincent Gray at Community of Hope health center groundbreaking (WRC-TV)

Gray and Bill Clinton have more in common than a lawyer (Loose Lips)

Mayoral security: still expensive (Examiner)

Remembering Leroy Cook, “mayor” of Brentwood and longtime Fort Myer Construction employee (Post)

D.C. has “turned the tide” on HIV epidemic, experts say (WaTimes)

The city hires a third Medicaid contractor: MedStar (WBJ)

Maryland’s lieutenant governor is giving his Jeff Thompson cash back (WaTimes)

Tourism officials estimate AIDS Conference economic boost at $33 million (Examiner)

FBI Washington Field Office’s criminal investigations chief gets a big promotion (Examiner)

Man found shot to death in Randle Highlands this morning (Crime Scene)

Artwork caused two-hour Red Line delay (Examiner)

The Corcoran wants to hear from you about possible relocation (Arts Desk)

It’s official: Lee Satterfield will remain D.C. Superior Court’s top dog (Crime Scene, Legal Times)

Delays in Albrecht Muth case could mean trial gets postponed until next year (Post, WaTimes)

Capital Fringe will stay on New York Avenue for one more year (Post)

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