Keeping track of inmates using GPS bracelets

Tuesday, January 20th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The News on 6 told you back in October that Tulsa County uses Global Positioning Satellites on electronic bracelets to keep track of inmates out on bail or waiting for a trial.

Tulsa County was at the forefront of this movement and has kept track of 1,700 felons in the past three years. Only the federal government and the state of Florida track more people than Tulsa County.

Now, the state of Oklahoma wants to use the same system with prisoners, partly, as a way to save money. Monitoring a person with GPS costs about $10 a day, while keeping them in prison costs around $50 a day.

A state legislative committee will discuss tracking state prisoners with GPS bracelets later this week.