- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - Lauderdale County commissioners have entered to a yearlong contract to provide ankle monitors to sick nonviolent inmates.

TimesDaily reports (https://bit.ly/2oOV9To) that Tuesday’s agreement with Tennessee-based Tracking Solutions aims to reduce medical costs. Beginning May 1, sick inmates will be fitted with ankle monitors and released for treatment. District Attorney Chris Connolly says a judge will approve each inmate’s release.

The county’s detention center’s medical cost is about $500,000 since the county is billed for all medical costs for hospitalized inmates. Currently, a deputy has to remain with the hospitalized inmate at all times, but using ankle monitors will allow an inmate to be hospitalized without a deputy. Each ankle monitor will cost the county $7 per day.

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Information from: TimesDaily, https://www.timesdaily.com/


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