Inspector General Says Electronic Monitoring Program A Waste Of Money
The New Orleans Inspector General says the electronic monitoring program is a waste of money.
A report released this morning finds the ankle monitors are not properly supervised.
The inspector general’s office reviewed all 281 active program participants from April 1st, 2012 through September 30, 2012.
It found 79 percent of the records contained mistakes. The ankle monitors blocked only 2 of 37 defendants with “stay away” orders from actually staying away from their victims.
More than half of the alerts for defendants leaving their restricted geographic area remained active for longer than thirty minutes. Evaluators could not determine what, if any, action that monitoring deputies took in response.
The New Orleans Advocate reports Sheriff Marlin Gusman has told the City Council that he’s dropping the $400,000 program next month.