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Indian Judicial System Leverages Videoconferencing

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Indian Judicial System Leverages Videoconferencing

January 29, 2018
By Paula Bernier
Executive Editor, TMC

The judicial system in the U.S. has found videoconferencing to be a useful tool in certain applications. And India’s government and its courts are now employing videoconferencing too.

In India the government is now doing monthly videoconferences with high court registrars to evaluate human resource and infrastructure gaps related to the courts there and other matters. According to this report, that’s helping India more effectively address the fact that it has more than 6,000 judge vacancies.

This is just one way judicial systems in various parts of the world have implemented videoconferencing.

Another example is to use videoconferencing to allow for interactions between courts and prisoners. In fact, Golden Grove Prisons in Trinidad and Tobago is erecting a videoconferencing center for this purpose. And they expect the center, which should begin operations by the end of this year, to result in $43 million in government savings.

There’s also been a push by the deaf community to get prisons to install videophones. HEARD – or Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of Deaf – recently convinced Louisiana to install videophones in its state prisons. And following long legal battles, prison officials in Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, and Virginia have all agreed to do so. Illinois, Massachusetts, and Michigan have also discussed this possibility.

Some companies specialize in enabling secure communications between prisoners and the outside world. Dallas-based Securus Technologies is one such company. It serves more than 3,450 corrections, law enforcement, and public safety  agencies, and more than 1.2 million inmates in North America. It offers solutions related to biometric analysis, communication, emergency response, incident management, information management, inmate self-service, investigation, monitoring, and public information.

“We have hundreds of security features, we record and store all calls that are not  attorney-client privileged calls for up to 10 years, we help investigate suspicious calls, we help detect unauthorized calls, and we identify unauthorized parties that are called…,” said Richard A. Smith, chairman and CEO of Securus Technologies. “Our security products save hundreds or thousands of lives per year – so those are clearly critical products for all of society.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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