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.