Thursday, May 24, 2007

Global positioning system replacing jail bars for some inmates

Times-News:, Twin Falls, ID: "Raymundo Pena is trotting around Boise rather than sitting in jail.

But he is paying big brother to watch him.

At any given time of day or night, big brother could be Jack Green, his wife or daughter, who have recently begun contracting with the Jerome County court system to shackle defendants and offenders' ankles to a global positioning system. Then they monitor Pena as he moves about Boise, the city that a judge ordered him not to leave.

Even at Green's price of $20 a day, the county saves $10 per day for each inmate it pulls from the Jerome County jail and $25 for each overflow inmate it pulls from other county jails."

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