Counties in the News October 25, 2016
Tuesday's news from counties across the stateNYSAC
Counties Promote the Use of Video Conferencing for Court Appearances for Inmates Held at a County Jail
Under current law, video conferencing of inmates for arraignment or other court appearances is permitted in several counties, but is actually not in practice because the law requires the inmate to agree to such an appearance. Many counties have state of the art video conferencing systems which are not used for inmate court appearances, simply because inmates routinely chose to be transported to court rather than make an appearance by video conference.
NYSAC county delegates have indicated that expanded use of video conferencing for court appearances would save much time and county taxpayer expense by avoiding transporting inmates to court for minor or routine matters, make courtrooms safer, and avoid problems which might happen when inmates are transported by auto or van to a courtroom many miles away from the jail.
That is why NYSAC supports legislation to promote the full and expanded use of video conferencing for court appearances for inmates held at a county jail, and we believe that the presiding judge, not the inmate, should make the determination as to whether video conferencing is appropriate for the particular court appearance to be made.
For NYSAC's stance on other public safety standing committee issues, please visit Standing Committee on Public Safety Resolutions.
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