Electronic monitoring considered

WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners learned Tuesday that the sheriff's department would like to advertise for companies to provide electronic monitoring services to alleviate jail crowding.
Rocky Vadala, administrative assistant to Sheriff Thomas Altiere, told commissioners he has talked to numerous companies that offer the services. The companies monitor an offender who is sentenced to home confinement by attaching an ankle bracelet. The offender's movements can then be observed through various technologies, including global positioning systems. Vadala suggested contracting with a company that takes care of the monitoring from start to finish, including the billing.
Vadala said such a company charges the offender between 9 and 12 per day. Vadala and Chief Deputy Ernie Cook said the excess revenue the program brings in would be placed in an indigent fund to provide the monitoring for those who could not afford the full cost.
Vadala said it is uncertain how long it will take to get the services started. Commissioners will first have to approve advertising for the services. The prosecutor's office advised Vadala that the services could not be purchased without taking bids first.
Vadala said the women's part of the jail is the most overcrowded at this time. Cook has said the female population has grown at a significant rate in recent years.

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