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Opinion: Home detention a viable alternative that can save money, ease crowding

from The Daily Times

There is a certain tension in America between the desire to see justice done and a sense that the criminal justice system doesn’t always accomplish that goal. And some people have a nagging feeling that people who are incarcerated may be living better than some honest, law-abiding citizens. But when the discussion turns to costs, well, there's something that needs to be addressed. We all know that "throwing the bums in jail" is not always the best answer. Thanks to technology, there is an alternative that, while not appropriate for all or even for many people convicted of a crime, it can ease the burden on taxpayers, society and the budget. It's called home detention, and it's made practical by electronic monitoring technology and GPS. more


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