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December 18, 2017
WOUB Local News
WOUB Local News
Gallia County using GPS for house arrest
(2007-10-04)
(WOUB) - One southeast Ohio county is turning to technology for safety.

Gallia County officers are now using GPS bracelets to track offenders on probation and home confinement.

The old radio frequency bracelets would alert police when offenders stepped out of bounds, but gave no clue on location.

But Chief Probation Officer Michael Smith says the new GPS system lets officers track an offender's location online.

Gallia County changed to GPS about three weeks ago because of the extra advantages and a drop in price.

And Chief Deputy John Perry says there's also the benefit of not taking up space in the jail.

The new GPS devices come with no cost to tax payers -- offenders pick up the tab.
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