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Pointe Coupee jail plans to implement monitoring system for juveniles

7 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Wednesday, October 07 2015 Oct 7, 2015 October 07, 2015 6:50 AM October 07, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Joe Hagan

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.

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