Kansas inmates to get e-mail, banking services

WICHITA | Kansas prisoners will soon have access to limited electronic banking, e-mail and video family visits.

The Department of Corrections says it has entered into a contract amendment with Embarq Corp. in Overland Park for the new services. The company already provides inmate telephone services.

The deal is expected to improve security and reduce contraband while reducing staff time screening regular mail.

There is no cost to the state, and the department will make money from commissions when inmates use the services. E-mails will cost inmates 43 cents apiece.