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Steubenville Municipal Court video conferencing system up and running

The new video conferencing system is up-and-running in Steubenville Municipal Court.

The new video conferencing system is up-and-running in Steubenville Municipal Court.

Monitors in the courtroom will allow the judge to arraign inmates via video, so they never leave the jail.

This frees up Steubenville police officers who will no longer have to transport the defendants.

It also helps the sheriff's office, because deputies will no longer have to search them when returning to the jail.

Judge John Mascio says there are also safety perks.

“I've never liked how the prisoners were brought through the police station through a hallway without any type of barrier,” he said. “It's going to reduce any risk in that situation as well."

The three county courts are already using their video conferencing system.

Jefferson County's two common pleas courts are the next to get the technology.

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