Inmate Trips Could Soon Be Eliminated in Lubbock County - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/21/06

Inmate Trips Could Soon Be Eliminated in Lubbock County

Lubbock County Court officials hope to implement video conference equipment to eliminate inmate trips to the courthouse. The inmates would instead communicate with a judge or their attorney via television.

"Allowing us to have that link creates efficiency because it doesn't require the transport of inmates to the courthouse, which is number one, an issue with staff to do that, as well as a safety concern," says Director of Court Administration David Slayton.

Funding for the technology would come from a state task force. Slayton requested the grant Friday after receiving approval from County Commissioners.

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