Cameras amp up efficiency


Technology is dramatically reshaping criminal justice systems across the United States, making procedures more efficient and reducing costs. Local officials gathered to discuss the success they have had using Cisco’s Connected Justice program. Statistics, anecdotal evidence and other proof points presented during the session clearly establish the achievements of these customers in the criminal justice arena.

Watch a video of the conversation, filled with facts and anecdotes.


Key Quotes from the Participants

Increasing Safety and Efficiency Using Video Conferencing:

“We were transporting at least 100 or more prisoners to our two different courthouses in a week’s time. As a County, that is very expensive, it has a risk of escape, which is a liability to the county itself. We had potential injury to the defendant mid transport and to the staff providing the transport, and we also had the transportation costs and then once they got to the courthouse we were very inefficient… So trying to find a solution was difficult, we couldn’t find one until video conferencing entered.”

Judge John Roach, Presiding Judge, Collin County, Texas

Cisco Video Interpretation on Demand is a “Win-Win”

”A judge can request an interpreter from any of our 67 menus, in our seven buildings, and instantaneously, we’ll get an interpreter, which has saved us in the six figures in contract. We’ve almost eliminated all of our contractual services, not only for Spanish, which is of 85 percent of our requests, but also for our sign language.”

Matt Benefiel, Court Administrator, Ninth Circuit Court, Florida

Reducing Costs and Improving the System

“All of the initiatives benefit the taxpayers as it allows the sheriff’s office to operate more efficiently and reduce inmate movement and the introduction of contraband into our jail facility. It reduces transports of inmates outside of the secure facility, reduces the overall length of stay, reduce recidivism, and it allows us to reallocate staff to where they are needed most.”

Kelsey Proctor, Systems Specialist, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho