Lamar Supervisors vote on ankle monitors for juvenile offenders

PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - Lamar County authorities will be making greater use of electronic monitoring devices to keep track of juvenile offenders on house arrest. Thursday, the Lamar County Board of Supervisors voted to enter into an agreement with Hattiesburg-based Court Programs, Inc. to provide ankle bracelet monitors for some male and female juvenile offenders at a cost of $10 per day per person.

County Court judge Billy Andrews asked supervisors to OK the agreement. He said it will save the county money and will cut down on the number of juvenile offenders which have to be housed in detention outside of the county.

"We're paying $120 a day per person to put them in detention, so it would be something I'd like to try," Andrews said. "It will be a cost savings of $110 a day, if it works," said Andrews.

Last month, the county had 108 juvenile offenders under its supervision.

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