2010-06-03 / Local & State

Prisoners Wait Due To Lack Of Monitoring Bracelets

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Authorities in Philadelphia say dozens of prisoners who could be freed under electronic monitoring remain in jail because of a shortage of ankle bracelets.

Court administrator David Lawrence says there are about 773 people on electronic monitoring and 73 on the waiting list.

Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison says the cashstrapped city hopes to buy 100 more bracelets by early this week. They cost about $1,300 each.

Electronic monitoring, also called house arrest, can be used as a way to keep track of defendants awaiting trial. It can also be ordered as a punishment for a variety of convictions.

Tom Innes, the director of prison services for the Defender Association of Philadelphia, says usually only 10 to 15 people are waiting for bracelets.

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