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Electronic monitoring bracelets discussed

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

BENTON -- If state officials really want to save money, maybe they should look into electronic monitoring bracelets for prisoners, Scott County commissioners say.

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter updated commissioners during their Tuesday meeting on the first Scott County inmate placed on house arrest using the technology.

"It's working out pretty good," Walter said. "This guy was a pretty good candidate, so we got authorization from the judge."

If approved by the judge, inmates being held on a county charge or conviction can opt for house arrest with an electronic monitoring bracelet at cost of $10 per day to the inmate.

"They pay for it," Walter said. "If they quit paying, it's over and he's back in jail -- or if he breaks any of the rules."

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