"These inmates that come here they get medical, dental, food, housing, clothing, it adds up," said Pima County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Chris Nanos.
says in comparison, the total monthly cost for an electronic ankle monitor is only $11.
Jail uses gps monitoring
With the electronic monitoring program, he
says those same inmates would just go home at night or on weekends saving the county thousands of dollars.
"This is definitely a cost savings," said Nanos
"These are inmates that are low level offenders," said Nanos
"There is some trust there that's bestowed upon them to do the right thing and so this system works."
By low level offenders, Nanos
says they committed crimes like shoplifting, fraud or credit card abuse.
The county has very strict criteria and won't even consider DUI related offenses for this program.
The county is working with the court system to provide this as an alternative to jail and says they currently have the capacity to place 100 inmates in the electronic monitoring program.
As of the program's launch April 20, they have two inmates in the program but are evaluating others that may fit the criteria.
"If they're at home
, they're with their families, they're taking care of things they need to take care of," said Nanos