Why was state transporting escaped convict to court anyway?

March 02, 2010

The escape of a convicted murderer from a Maryland prison serves as a way to highlight the severe waste of both time and money in the judicial branch of government. Why must we move a convict's body to a new place to attend a court hearing? This could be done very inexpensively via Skype or any other teleconference service that allows the accused to have his/her day in court without the enormous expense, time and risks of physically moving a prisoner from place to place.

When you multiply this movement to and from court hundreds (or more) of times a month, there is a huge cost. I believe this is a great area to cut costs as well as to improve the safety of the public and the officers charged with moving the convicts.

Ruth Taylor, Ellicott City

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