The Kentucky Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety is likely just weeks away from implementing the use of Global Positioning System devices for prisoners on home incarceration. The cabinet will hold a demonstration today for those in the system to learn how to use the technology.
It costs just over 31-dollars a day to house an inmate in a state prison. It costs about four-dollars a day to have that same inmate on home incarceration. The General Assembly this year passed a measure that allows the cabinet to place eligible inmates on home incarceration for 180 days. The previous limit was 90 days. Cabinet secretary J. Michael Brown says adding GPS to that system is even better.
“Perhaps those monitoring devices can give district court judge some assurance of where and what certain people are doing so they don’t have to sit in jail while they await trial,” says Brown, “and that will cut down on a fair amount of jail –quote- prison expense.”
Brown says the new system could cost as much as eight-dollars a day depending on technical support chosen for each inmate. He hopes the system will be in place next month.