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Roundtree: Inmates Will Use Video for Initial Appearances


Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree announced today that inmates will no longer be transported to court for initial appearances and hearings. It will be done over video.

“In an effort to modernize the court hearing system, The Sheriff’s Office with the co-operation of the Judges from Civil and Magistrate court have begun video conferencing of initial appearances and hearings,” the sheriff said in a press release. “The system was added with the recent renovations of the CBWDC and allows for increased security of inmates by keeping them enclosed at the facility.”

Sheriff Roundtree also said the new video conferencing will also save on the expense of moving inmates from the facility to the courtrooms.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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