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Day reporting center would up supervision, electronic monitoring

March 27, 2013

Lycoming County might soon have one more tool to keep its prison from overflowing: a day reporting center....

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eriklatranyi

Mar-27-13 7:22 AM

Does anyone know what we pay for electronic monitoring?

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spike2

Mar-27-13 8:06 AM

Far less than incarceration. Less personnel is needed to monitor individuals than staffing and building prisons along with the multiple associated costs. The availability of "patches" and devices to monitor for alcohol and substance abuse is a better option than the occasional urine screens. Patches and devices can not be removed without detection. There are fees associated with the different options just as with urine screens, thus "Fines and COSTS". It seems this is an effective tool for low-grade offenders.Perhaps substance abuse could be monitored for those who are not paying financial obligations. Job search would also be helpful. Perhaps businesses could also notify an appropriate person of job openings at entry level. Another problem for those who lack employment and skill levels is the current system of applying online. These are probably the group who are not computer literate nor own a computer. Judge Butts has a good grasp of the problems.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-27-13 8:48 AM

Spike:

I would hope it is less than I incarceration!

Industry uses various tracking methods for assets and I wanted to compare costs.

Unfortunately, gov't is not good at getting the best price for common technology.

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msamerica101

Mar-27-13 9:06 AM

Well this is the perfect solution. Day Care for the prisoners. How about we renovate one of the old schools and put classrooms in for them. They can have morning snack, do crafts, take a nap and then go home.

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tacosalad

Mar-27-13 12:12 PM

eriklatranyi, You pay nothing for electronic monitoring. The offender pays a fee for hook up, and a daily fee for monitoring. These fees also include staffing costs for the Probation officer to monitor their activity. Cost of the bracelet is also built into the fees.

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MrShaman

Mar-28-13 7:51 AM

"Well this is the perfect solution. Day Care for the prisoners. How about we renovate one of the old schools and put classrooms in for them. They can have morning snack, do crafts, take a nap and then go home." - msamerica101

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Yeah...we wouldn't want to (actually) USE those classrooms...and, "waste" tax-dollars on educational-pursuits...only to have fewer-and-fewer (of them) showing-up...and, reporting to actual-jobs, instead.

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