Courts, Corrections, and Cuts: Is it time for Connected Justice?

July 26, 2011 - 0 Comments

I live in California where we are facing severe challenges in our economy and funding public services ranging from teachers in the classroom to courts and correctional institutions.  In San Francisco, cuts to 25 courtrooms and 40% of staff are underway to address the $13.75 million budget gap.   Longer lines for citizen services and delays up to 5 years for cases coming to trial are expected.

Of course, the economy is not only challenging governments at the state and local level but nationally and internationally as well.

Isn’t it time we use technology to help cut costs and deliver services that are more efficient?

A great example is the City of San Antonio Texas  sharing video across public safety and justice systems. 

See below for more information about Connected Justice.

With Connected Justice, the network provides the platform to automate the justice workflow, removing barriers between systems facilitating the transfer of information, with rich video communication through different processes from law enforcement on the street, in the courtroom, and correctional institutions.

Some interesting use cases include:

  • Video E-warrants to reduce paperwork and speed up the process of getting warrants approved
  • Video arraignments and remote testimony to reduce costs and safety risks involved with transportation of prisoners between jail and courthouse
  • Remote visitation in correctional institutions  to connect inmates with family, tutoring, and services and reduce recidivism

Please let me know your ideas for additional use cases and benefits.

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