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Bernalillo County buys more trackers for released defendants

July 14, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County officials have ordered more GPS monitors for released defendants in response to new pretrial and detention rules handed down by the New Mexico Supreme Court.

KOAT-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2tUhZMK ) Thursday that the new rules went into effect on July 1. The rules are expected to increase the usage of GPS monitors on released defendants instead of holding them in jail or offering bond. This means suspects who commit minor offenses can be released automatically without having to pay a bond, in some cases.

Commissioner Wayne Johnson says the county ordered 35 more trackers for defendants that will arrive next week.

Trackers used by regular defendants cost the county about $4 per day, whereas trackers used by defendants involved with alcohol-related crimes cost the county about $6 a day.

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Information from: KOAT-TV, http://www.thenewmexicochannel.com/index.html

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