ISSUES

Electronic Home Monitoring:

The Stakes are High

Jail space is scarce, expensive and often results in lost employment and family separation that can hinder re-entry into society. The Sheriff’s Office partnered with the District Court to effectively and safely monitor eligible pre-trial Gross Misdemeanor defendants with Electronic Home Monitoring saving 10,868 days that otherwise would have been spent in jail. District Court use of jail space dropped 24%. In many cases, these pre-trial defendants are released by the court without bail, The District Court is very impressed with results and plans on expanding its use.This service costs about 1/10th of a day in jail. Specialized equipment can monitor alcohol and drug use. The Sheriff’s Office also operates a separate and more intensive electronic monitoring program for those convicted and sentenced for crimes.

 

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