On Tuesday, Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman gave his annual State of the Judiciary address (link to the speech). In it, he called for an overhaul of the state’s bail system, for expansion of supervised release programs, and for legislation to return cameras to the state’s courts.
In calling for the expansion of supervised release programs through which defendants awaiting trial are monitored and provided access to services such as drug and alcohol treatment, Judge Lippman cited the potential savings.
He also said that the state should not have let its law that allowed cameras in courtrooms on an experimental basis expire ten years ago. He said that he will propose legislation that will allow audio-visual coverage of all court proceedings at the discretion of the judge.