Electronic monitoring should be considered by Task Force

The Jail Task Force is tasked with recommending how and where prisoners and inmates should be incarcerated. Hopefully they are thinking out-side the box rather than just building another multi-cell (expensive) facility. Here’s one suggestion, though perhaps not perfect, it might stir others to think creatively.

Technology is available, today, to monitor persons’ locations to a pin-point, to wit: An electronic wrist/ankle monitor could be attached to each inmate/prisoner who would then be turned loose in a large, single room with only bunk beds, bathroom facilities and eating tables.

The guards’ primary obligation would be to watch a screen to determine where each person is at all times. This reduces the chance of fights and bed checks. Each wrist/ankle device could be keyed to an individual bunk and table setting. For those who fail to acclimate themselves to the system, a separate room containing only a toilet and a chain should be available. Incarceration time in a county facility shouldn’t be anything less than making the stay an uncomfortable experience.

If the state believes these measures are cruel and unusual, let the state hold the inmates/prisoners in their facilities since they pass the criminal codes and empower law enforcement officers to enforce these statutes.

By Chuck Klein

Chuck Klein is a former LEO, retired Licensed Private Investigator and author of many police related books and articles.