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NCJ Number: 221262 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of Video Preliminary Arraignment Systems in Pennsylvania Final Report
Author(s): Karen Shastri Ph.D.; Holly Wald Ph.D.
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167
Sale Source: Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
P. O. Box 1167
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Findings and recommendations are presented on an evaluation conducted on the factors affecting the utilization of video conferencing technology for preliminary arraignments in police locations across Pennsylvania.
Abstract: The results of the evaluation indicate that few counties have been utilizing video conferencing technology for preliminary arraignments for greater than 5 years. It is a relatively new approach for many of the counties indicated by approximately 60 percent of respondents using it for 2 years or less. The majority of the counties that utilize video conferencing to conduct preliminary arraignments also process arrestees through Live Scan and CPIN. With respect to the primary factors affecting the use of video arraignments, support was found to be the predominant concern, such as support from other agencies, the district attorney, availability of the judge, and political support. Highlights of several recommendations for consideration to improve and expand the utilization of video conferencing technology for preliminary arraignments include: (1) expand the availability of video conferencing to other counties in the State; (2) establish standard operating procedures to be followed in conducting video preliminary arraignments; (3) explore various vendors of video conferencing equipment to determine what is most cost effective and efficient based on the needs of the counties; (4) provide training to newly elected district judges in the use of equipment; and (5) encourage the utilization of video conferencing technology for activities beyond the preliminary arraignment. The purpose of this study was to address issues related to the utilization of video conferencing technology for preliminary arraignments and provide recommendations for expanding video arraignment technology across the State of Pennsylvania. A statewide survey of police department managers was conducted in 2002-2003 with questions focused on where the arraignment process occurred and the factors affecting the video arraignments.
Main Term(s): Video conferencing
Index Term(s): Arraignment; Automated court systems; Courtroom proceedings broadcasting; Pennsylvania; Preliminary hearing; Telecommunications equipment; Videotaping arrestees
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