Video arraignments saving time, money for police, courts

Such hospital bedside arraignments are a growing trend for mental health facilities, local lockups and county jails


By Christina Hall
Detroit Free-Press

EASTPOINTE, Mich. - Instead of street clothes or a jail jumpsuit, Dennis Burton wore a hospital gown. Instead of standing in a courtroom, he was in a hospital bed. For the first time, Eastpointe police used portable video equipment, bought with a $16,000 grant, to have Burton arraigned from his Detroit hospital room last month.

The move saved police money, time and the judge, who saw and heard Burton via TV in the courtroom, and a court reporter a trip to the hospital.
"Plug it in the wall, turn it on and hit the green dial button," Eastpointe Cpl. Jason Gibson said.

Read the full article: http://www.freep.com/article/20100905/NEWS05/9050561/Video-arraignments-saving-time-money-for-police-courts

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