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Green County courts to hold hearings via video conferencing

Green County will soon use video conferencing to keep down costs by allowing people to make initial appearances in court from jail or elsewhere without being transported, according to The Times of Monroe

A 2003 study by the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance found the county could save $8,000 to $13,000 per year by installing the equipment, which Green County Sherriff Randy Roderick said would cost $35,000.

The state will provide about $22,000 of that as a grant, he said.

If more counties start using the same system, savings could go up as hearings could be conducted with suspects being held in different jurisdictions.

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