COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) -- A new program in southern Vermont will supply electronic monitoring bracelets for people accused of lower-level crimes, instead of keeping them in jail.
Lawmakers have approved a $300,000 pilot program to pay for the bracelets in Windham County.
Vermont Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/1pF6oeI) housing an offender in an in-state prison bed costs taxpayers about $180 a day per person.
Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark says electronic monitoring costs about $30 a day per person.
An analysis conducted by the Legislature's Joint Fiscal Office predicts a 17-percent reduction in returns to jail for pre-trial detainees that use electronic monitoring.
Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net