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Connected Citizens. Connected City. What’s Next?

July 19, 2012 at 5:00 am PST

OK, so I don’t know anyone who would  ever say they enjoyed getting a traffic ticket, but technology is proving to at least make dealing with them a little more tolerable.  The city of San Antonio recently announced that it will begin implementing interactive video kiosks leveraging Cisco Connected Justice solutions. Somewhat similar to those movie kiosks you may see in your local grocery store, they will allow citizens to actually appear before a judge -- right from the grocery store.

Devised by Municipal Court Presiding Judge John Bull and court manager Jason Tabor, the kiosk, which is currently being tested with a local municipal court, allows up to 20 people to be linked via telepresence to the court. Read More »

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Connected Justice: It’s more than simply cutting costs

June 1, 2012 at 8:34 am PST

As video becomes more pervasive in our daily lives, we increasingly hear about using live, interactive video to take students on virtual fieldtrips, connect colleagues across the globe and enable better access to healthcare for rural and underserved communities. Collaborative technologies connect people and cut costs across a variety of settings. Another area we’re seeing new, innovative applications is in courts, corrections and law enforcement.

In Dallas County, Texas, for example, 25 to 50 prisoners are processed daily, telepresence systems were installed in the courthouse, the county jails and the infirmary. As one might imagine, transporting prisoners who have already been booked back to the courthouse for another arraignment takes a significant amount of time and, therefore, cost. The process entails the Sheriff’s Office getting a list of all the prisoners facing new or altered charges; have a deputy gather them up from the various facilities in which they are housed and place them in a holding cell; and then bring them all back in to the courthouse together for their new arraignment. When all is said and done (secure a van, get two deputies to transport the prisoners in the van; get through traffic; and then go through security at the other end), it takes at least two hours. However, with the technology on-hand, the county has been able to re-arraign 700 prisoners a month without having to transport them. Also, by enabling court dealings via a secure network it reduces paper work, improves flexibility for the courts and dramatically decreases travel costs when working with geographically spread-out participants Read More »

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Connected Justice Translates Into Time and Cost Savings for Florida County

May 4, 2012 at 5:00 am PST

Interpreters are extremely important in the judicial system, and they are increasingly in high demand. Costs for interpreter services continue to rise in courtrooms across the country, but technology is helping cut those costs while improving quality of life for the interpreters themselves.

Orange County is currently using a Cisco Connected Justice solution for Florida’s first high-tech interpreter system. The system instantly connects interpreters to 67 courtrooms through high definition, live, interactive video. From their desks, interpreters have the ability to control camera angles and audio levels in the courtroom, speak directly to any of the parties participating in a hearing and can appear in real-time on a monitor in the courtroom. Read More »

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