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VTC as a solution for Guantanamo trials

- June 16, 2009 - 0 Comments

The recent move to the United States of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner to stand trial for acts of terrorism has spawned numerous debates about the efficacy of closing the prison, the rights of the prisoner and the safety of bringing terrorists into the country.

Debates and politics aside, there is another solution that could be considered in situations like this – video teleconferencing (VTC). Many countries require that judicial proceedings be visual, making most people think it must be in person. But, with a reliable and secure VTC, judicial hearings can be held “in person” and face-to-face without having to move the detainee.

In fact, in some jurisdictions in the United States, the use of VTC is common for everything from arraignment proceedings to parole hearings and helps them lower the cost of transport of prisoners between facilities while they increase security.

No matter your opinion of Guantanamo, perhaps VTC would be a good alternative in this situation.

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