Police Hope to Leg Up on Inmates
The Quay County Commissioners in Quay County, NM, along with law enforcement officials, are considering the wider use of electronic ankle bracelets for adult and juvenile inmates.
An ankle bracelet can track an inmate’s location through GPS positioning, and it is often used today as part of work release programs.
Juvenile detention costs around $105 per day, and using an electronic ankle bracelet could reduce that cost to $10 per day.
Magistrate Judge Karen P. Mitchell of Harding County, NM, says the tool may be “a real option for rural New Mexico.” Harding County, for instance, lacks a detention center and ships offenders sometimes to Quay County.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) from the Quay County Sun (NM); 02/14/07; Delany, Chelle.