11/16/2000

Three satellites would help watch prisoners

PoliceOne Staff Report

(OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. ) -- A county committee seeking to free up jail space, has preliminarily approved a $421,000 program that would permit work release prisoners to spend their nights at home and not in the overcrowded county jail.

The funding would cover the cost of Global Positioning technology and seven persons to monitor the electronically-tethered prisoners. If approved by the Personnel and Finance Committees the program would be placed before all commissioners for a vote.

A maximum of 180 inmates can be monitored on work release, which leaves 30 who are in custody. Instituting the system would save the county $800,000 per year and free up cells for more violent offenders, George Miller, manager of Community Corrections, told the Oakland Press.

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