Q: Who is responsible for transporting inmates to court if they are being held in another county?
My friend was sentenced to 3 years in our county but was relocated to a county jail 2 1/2 hours away after briefly being held in lmdc immediately after sentencing. He has a shock probation hearing on Tuesday (9/7) but again the county jail he’s at is 2 1/2 hours away. He has been trying to ask staff to make sure they have arranged transportation or have the contact info to appear by Zoom or over the phone but they say they have no information that he has court. Will the county he has court in pick him up? We are afraid they will push back the court date if he doesn’t appear and he has been waiting a long time for this day. I want to be proactive and make sure he can appear in some way for court. He has an attorney but he never returns my calls.
A: The department of corrections has complete control over these matters. Either the housing county has to bring him or there has to be transportation initiated from the county of the hearing. There’s been a lot of problems over the last year with Covid and certain counties not wanting to receive or take inmates. It’s also possible that the hearing could be done over zoom.
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