Video Arraignment

Main Phone: (775) 328-3062

As inmate populations continue to grow, so do the problems associated with transporting inmates to court:

  • Ensure that inmates are in court within the required times
  • Maintain the safety of the public and the security of the inmate population
  • Transport a large number of inmates to a variety of court locations in a cost-effective manner

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office implemented a video arraignment system in 1988 to address the problems. Using a web based system and the latest available technology, the Washoe County Sheriff's Office is able to conduct video arraignments between the Sheriff's Detention Facility and the Municipal and Justice courtrooms in the Cities of Reno and Sparks.  We are actively looking to increase the number of poly-com systems into various courtrooms of District Court to further reduce the number of inmate transports from the jail.

There are two courtrooms within the Detention Facility. Each courtroom is supervised by deputies. The system is designed to hold court in two separate locations simultaneously. This eliminates the costs and logistics associated with staffing and maintaining a transportation unit large enough to accommodate this volume. Additionally, by keeping the inmates inside the facility, the safety of court personnel and the general public is not jeopardized.

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