Dougherty County Superior Court Judge Willie Lockett is offering the Albany Gang Unit a new tool to keep track of convicted gang members.
Lockett told gang unit officers at Thursday TMs monthly Gang Task Force meeting that he TMs arranged to give them access to a website that tracks convicted gang members wearing GPS enabled ankle bracelets. Most local law enforcement agencies already have access to the website.
Judges decide who is eligible for a bracelet rather than jail time on a case by case basis. Lockett says they evaluate the person TMs criminal history, current offense, and danger they present to the community. Dougherty County has had a similar program since 1998, but Lockett started the new ankle bracelet system in March.
Lockett says the device costs $11 per day rather than the $45 to $50 per day it takes to house an inmate at Dougherty County Jail. The person wearing the ankle bracelet pays the $11 daily fee.