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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Dougherty County taxpayers won't have to shell out as much money to bring in experts and witnesses to testify at trial because of a stimulus grant.    The county got a $376,000 Justice Assistance Grant this year. 

Monday, County commissioners voted to use almost $340,000 of it to buy a video conferencing system.   It will allow experts and other witnesses to testify from other locations, rather than being brought it for trials and hearings.

Chairman Jeff Sinyard said, "For that money to fly them in, to drive them in, put them in a hotel, to pay for their meals, cost us a fortune and to be able to get this grant, to receive this grant is phenomenal, the amount of money it's going to save, but quite frankly, it will all around make a better judicial system for us."    

Dougherty County spends about $10,000 a year for witness expenses.   The video conferencing system will be paid for entirely by grant money.

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