Sunday, October 16, 2016 12:45 AM

HAMILTON COUNTY DOESN'T TRACK ANKLE MONITORS AFTER BUSINESS HOURS, AND CRIMINALS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE

If nobody [in the county] is watching at 1:30 in the morning, that's a problem. Joel Davenport A note to criminal offenders in Hamilton County: If you're going cut off your ankle monitor, do it after business hours. And on weekends. From 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekdays, no county corrections officials are tracking real-time information that GPS monitors collect on 24 people who mostly face misdemeanor charges. A computer sends updates 24/7, but nobody's on the clock to view them. The same goes for the 109 people who wear older monitors that only measure how far someone is from a box that's plugged into a power socket. During regular business hours, if county corrections employees learn someone has tampered with a monitoring device, they can alert police, make contact with the offender, and resolve any problems. But after the office closes? "Any issues that take place outside of business hours are addressed the following [business] day," said Chris Jackson, director of Hamilton County Corrections Department. The corrections department is responsible for alternative sentencing programs, such as probation, house arrest for nonviolent offenders, and ankle monitors aimed at easing overcrowding at area jails. But recently, a man on trial ...

News source: Times Free Press

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