South Dakota Prison Replaces Legal Aides with Tablets

From South Dakota’s Bristol Herald Courier:

… prison inmates will no longer have access to paid legal aides and instead can use a tablet app to access a legal library.

Department of Corrections Secretary Denny Kaemingk says the legal aides cost $200,000 a year. Instead the LexisNexis app will be installed on inmates’ tablets which cost $54,000 annually.

KOTA-TV reports Kaemingk says that solves the rising cost of counsel aid and limited time in the law library.

The inmates will have to learn how to use Lexis on their own. Not sure if their tablets have full access to the Internet and all the self-help legal research guides online, or if it’s only a portal to the local law library’s website and its resources.

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