Clackamas County, Ore., signed a contract with the state Department of Administrative Services allowing access to an Internet video network. Several other counties and the state's 12 prisons also subscribe. During an online hearing or other court procedure, one camera is focused on the defendant, one on the judge, and one each on the defense and prosecution. According to the Portland, Oregonian, there is a one-time fee of $30,000 and a $1,500 monthly fee for the system. The system reduces security risks and the cost of transporting prisoners to hearings.

Wayne Hanson  |  Editor