Some of Microsoft's Surface tablets have been put in jail, but not for breaking the law. Rather, they are being used as a way to help inmates communicate via video with family members and others outside of jail.

A man named Christopher Evans posted word on his Twitter feed today that a jail in Dayton, Ohio installed the video units with the Surface tablets inside. He stated the tablet runs a special software app that lets inmates type in a number so they can make their video call. The call is timed and is also recorded.

It's currently unknown just which version of the Surface tablet is being used for this setup. It certainly is one of the more unusual ways we have seen Microsoft's device being used in the outside world. What do you think of this latest use for the Surface?

Source: Christopher Evans on Twitter via Neowin