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Putnam County Municipal Court adds video arraignment system

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Niese said there hasn't really been any negatives besides some technology tweaks that will get sorted out over time. Niese said there hasn't really been any negatives besides some technology tweaks that will get sorted out over time.

Putnam County Municipal Court has made some changes to courtroom procedures.

At the beginning of February the municipal court began using a video system for arraignments. Judge Chad Niese presides over the court room. He said the system has been very effective in the first month of use and the quality is fantastic. The system is only used for arraignments for that initial contact with a defendant. Niese said he didn't need any training to use the system and it will save money and time. He said it has been  a project he has hoped for since 2010.

"I think it reduces a safety risk in having a large number of inmates in and out," Niese said. "That we are not putting either the officers on the roadway with them or the inmates themselves here. That travel is gone. So the same thing that was getting accomplished with them being here, at their initial appearance is now getting accomplished by video."

Niese said there hasn't really been any negatives besides some technology tweaks that will get sorted out over time.

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