Kentucky Considers GPS Devices To Track Some Inmates

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky authorities are considering individual global position devices for monitoring inmates and parolees out on home incarceration.

The move comes as cash-strapped Kentucky government grapples with soaring prison costs and dwindling state revenues. Lawmakers earlier this year authorized state prison officials to begin looking for less costly alternatives to imprisonment, such as boosting participation in home incarceration for felons convicted of nonviolent and non-sexual crimes.

"We are definitely looking at using it in Kentucky," Justice Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown said of the GPS devices.

Criminal justice experts from throughout the state got a firsthand presentation on the high-tech monitoring devices Monday.

Under the plan, a portable GPS device would be strapped to an inmate on house arrest allowing authorities to track that person's every movement. The technology could notify authorities when a person had entered an off-limits area. Authorities could also get almost immediate notification if a user tampered with the device.

Kentucky currently has more than 22,000 prison inmates.

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