Sullivan County

Ankle monitoring system close in Sullivan County

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. - The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office is one step closer to having ankle monitoring bracelets as an option for non-violent offenders.

Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson told us Wednesday deputies were trained on how to put the monitoring bracelets on and off.

He says a judge will decide on a case-by-case basis whether or not this is an option for offenders. The bracelets will cost an inmate $50 to put it on and $10 a day for as long as they wear it.

Anderson is hoping this option will help cut down on jail overcrowding and save the county money. "If they have to have X-rays or if they have to have surgery or anything like that, then the county has to pay for it. This way they are at home and they are on their own," he said. "They have to do just like any other citizen."

Sheriff Anderson says they haven't set an exact start date, but they are hoping to phase them in soon. He tells us within a year he hopes to have 60 to 70 ankle monitoring bracelets.

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