Justice Bridge connects inmates with county judge

System saved county more than $200,000

By Jenna Jordan
KTAL 6 News

HEMPSTEAD COUNTY, Ark. - Hempstead County is joining other counties across Arkansas in improving communication between prison inmates and the county judicial system.

It's called the Justice Bridge program, a teleconferencing system installed in each prison in Arkansas, and now in the sheriff's office, jail and circuit courtrooms in Hempstead County.

"It's just gonna be a cost savings, a money savings, a time savings deal that we have here," said James Singleton, Hempstead County Sheriff.

Instead of an officer having to bring an inmate from state prison to physically appear in court, the judge can speak to the inmate face-to-face, while miles apart.

"They remain in a secure facility and not out, you know, where they could get out into the public if God forbid, something should happen," said Singleton. READ MORE.

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