Pointe Coupee jail plans to implement monitoring system for juveniles
POINTE COUPEE- The Pointe Coupee Parish jail is implementing a new system to save money on housing juvenile offenders. It will now use tracking devices to keep track of the non-violent juvenile offenders.
The parish does not have the facilities or resources to house juveniles. They're currently spending about $180 a day to house each juvenile in a nearby parish.
Last month, an audit showed that the budget for the detention center had not been monitored for months. The parish is currently in the hole by almost a million dollars.
Now, the jail will use ankle monitors for non-violent juvenile offenders to try and solve some of the budget woes.
"If it's not a violent crime or sexual offense you can have that child stay at his home and be under house arrest with a monitoring bracelet," said Point Coupee Parish Sheriff, Bud Torres. "It's a tool for us to save some money."
A judge will determine who gets the monitors and who goes to jail. Parish officials expect to sign a contract with the monitoring company soon.