Brevard, Fl Criminals May Get Bracelets
Brevard County, Fla., may outfit 1,000 sex offenders with electronic bracelets if it adopts a legislative proposal from Sen. Mike Haridopolos (R-Indialantic). The $7.8 million investment would cover the devices, the addition of 25 new Department of Corrections employees, and the technology required to pull crime data from around the state.
Brevard Sheriff Phil Williams says that the overlaying of information about crimes with the location and time of tracked criminals would add a key data layer. He adds that if one of the monitored people was near the crime, the person is either the perpetrator or a good witness.
The state of Florida is electronically tracking 785 probationers and offenders on community control. Rep. Carey Baker (R-Eustis) is supporting a House version of Haridopolos’ bill, proclaiming, “This is going to revolutionize the way we track these guys.”
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from the Fort Myers News-Press (03/04/04) P. 4B; Flemming, Paul.