Summarizing the ankle monitoring discussion of Monday morning, County Manager Joe Pritchard Tuesday evening asked the Lowndes County Commission to approve continued work by county staff with the Sheriff’s office in implementing an ankle monitoring system to move some inmates out of the county jail.
Commissioner Richard Raines gave the credit to Commissioner Joyce Evans for both proposing a drug court and for proposing ankle monitoring.
Commissioner Evans declined comment but did make the motion, seconded by Commissioner Powell, and approved unanimously.
The VDT had a little more information in David Rodock’s Wednesday story:
Commissioners were offered three options for the number of total ankle monitors, each of which would also include hiring an employee to administer the program, a county vehicle, smartphone and office supplies. Monitors are quoted at $7 a day and total administrative costs are estimated at $45,000.We know from Monday’s discussion that $7/day is much less than it costs to keep a prisoner in jail, so it would appear that the program will break even at some number of prisoners in the program that’s hard to calculate without more information. Plus perhaps more important considerations such as where are the prisoners expected to go? Are we talking house arrest, or stay in the general area and report in frequently, or…?
The request was unanimously approved, but the number of monitors was not specified at the meeting.
How hard would it be for the Commission to put information like that on their own website for the public to see? Still, once again compliments to Joyce Evans for trying to do something. We’ll see how it works.
Here’s the video:
Ankle monitoring for Lowndes County Jail @ LCC 13 December 2011
Regular Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 13 December 2011.
Videos by Gretchen Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.