Report: Orleans ankle monitor problem wastes money
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans' inspector general says the ankle monitor program run by the sheriff's office is "almost a total failure."
The report issued Wednesday by Ed Quatrevaux cites poor supervision of both inmates and deputies, poor record-keeping and vague policies.
Sheriff Marlin Gusman's top deputies said last month that the office will stop the program Jan. 2.
Quatrevaux's staff reviewed files for 281 participants for the six months through September 2012 - the month before a National Institute of Justice review.
Among other things, the 66-page report says deputies failed to have the global positioning system flag 35 out of 37 locations that defendants had to avoid under restraining orders.
Gusman says the report is outdated by many improvements since the National Institute of Justice report.