The commissioners are expected to vote on authorizing the request for proposals Monday. We urge them to vote yes.
The projected cost for the projects seem high --
Improved audio is needed because some courtrooms are older and not everyone in attendance can hear what is happening.
It's not a requirement that every person in a courtroom must be able to hear the proceedings, but lawyers, the jury, court personnel and the accused should have that capability. And when the technology exists to make it so, it should be given strong consideration.
A more compelling argument can be made for the video equipment. More courtrooms need it.
For basic court functions, it simply saves time and money. County judges are willing to use video conferencing for some simple procedures such as arraignments, Calvanelli said. It lessens the sheriff's office workload because they don't have to transport prisoners, which can also be a safety risk. It takes less time because there is no need to drive a prisoner to court, which also saves on gas.
If Calvanelli's numbers are accurate, from 2011 to 2013, the county is conservatively estimated to have saved
Any spending by the county requires scrutiny. We think this meets the threshold of being a wise investment.
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