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Independence County OKs monitors for some inmates

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 16, 2014 at 12:50 p.m.

BATESVILLE — Leaders in Independence County are enacting new changes at the county jail in hopes of easing crowding and saving money.

Sheriff Steve Jeffery said the county began using electronic monitoring bracelets Monday for some low-level offenders to free up space in the facility. Jeffery said the participating inmates will be required to pay the $9-a-day cost for the bracelets.

The sheriff said the inmates will be required to show up to work and if they don't, they'll be sent back to jail.

The county has also approved another way to save money in the jail's budget. Jeffery told the Batesville Daily Guard that the county will save $300 a day by changing the menu at the jail and serving beans and cornbread an additional two days a week.

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