Hoping to ease an overcrowded jail while keeping more dangerous inmates locked up, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in Cincinnati increasingly is relying on ankle bracelets equipped with GPS to keep those accused of non-violent crimes under house arrest instead of behind bars, says the Cincinnati Enquirer. Jail officials say it's good for those who don't need to be locked up and helps ensure that more dangerous inmates remain jailed. “This is not just a punitive measure. If you're sitting in jail, you can't go to work, you can't get medical treatment,” said Charmaine McGuffey of the sheriff's office. “I think it's absolutely the wave of the future.”
The sheriff's office owns or leases 143 monitors with global positioning system technology and is awaiting word from county commissioners on its request to buy 50 more. If that happens, 193 jail beds open for those charged with more serious crimes.