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United States : Lawrence County inks prisoner monitoring deal.

With the aim of reducing jail numbers and cutting the cost of housing inmates in other counties, Lawrence County commissioners have inked a deal , but Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay is wary of potential benefits the county is touting.

In a press release, Lawrence County treasurer, Kathy Fairchild, said the deal with LBS Monitoring, a Lawrence County company, allows 27x7 electronic monitoring of inmates approved for the program through the court system.

Fairchild said the prosecutor's office initially expected the program to be used for 24 people, who might otherwise sit in jail waiting for a court date or serve a jail sentence for a minor offense.

That would allow the county to bring home 18 inmates county taxpayers are now paying to house in Vernon County due to overcrowding at the Lawrence County Jail.

DeLay said theoritically, the ankle anklets are a good idea, but initial indications are not as cost-efficient as the county commission believes.

He aded, "I feel this is just another way to put a band-aid on a bigger problem, that we need a new jail. Fourteen people were put on the first round, and the problem is that three days later, we were way over capacity again."

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