Scott County looks at ankle bracelets for non-violent inmates

By Holly Brantley - email

BENTON, MO (KFVS) - It's a device that could fix several issues in Scott County. County leaders are looking at ankle bracelets with GPS tracking for some non-violent offenders.

"They could help us save money and over crowding," said Sheriff, Rick Walter.

Walter says the bracelets have already been used several times, but they'd like to be able to use them more often.

"We'd like to see the state reimburse us for the bracelets," said Walter. "In the past, the families of the inmates have paid the $50 plus $10 a day. If the state would pay us that it would actually save them money. It's less than what they pay the county for a inmate in the jail per day."

Sheriff Walter says it costs $35 minimum for each inmate.

"We want to stress we could only use these with non-violent offenders that are not a danger," said Lt. Jerry Bledsoe.

Lt. Bledsoe says the jail is nearly filled to capacity. He says using the bracelets could also allow some offenders with jobs to go back to work.

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