Keeping track of Tulsa County criminals

Wednesday, October 8th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Nearly 200 people are in Tulsa County's virtual jail. The county uses Global Positioning Satellites to track suspected felons wearing electronic monitoring bracelets.

The program saves the county thousands of dollars every day, since it costs less than $10 a day to monitor an inmate and $50 a day to keep them in jail. Judges can set any number of conditions on the person wearing the bracelet. Court Services Supervisor Tom Allison, "We have a guy out on a first degree arson and I prefer to have him home at night and now out prowling neighborhoods."

If a person tries to remove or damage a bracelet, that triggers an alarm and the wearer goes back to jail.