Tracking With Technology


Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - Randall Barnes

MARSHALL COUNTY, KY-   Combining an ankle monitor bracelet and a smart phone is what a new tracking device does.

Circuit Judge Dennis Foust calls the latest technology "a win-win."



The phone will not just serve as a tracking device, but as an appointment book.  Foust says supervisors can program the phone to remind users of court dates, restitution payments, and counseling appointments.

It means, he says, those scheduled to appear in his courtroom have no excuse for not showing up.

For Sheriff's Deputy Jason Ivey it means he will likely spend less time serving warrants.

Serving at times, a dozen warrants a week, takes him away from other responsibilities, "The more we get the less we can be out patrolling, helping our citizens."

Foust says another plus is the ability to keep an eye on those who need it.  House Bill 463 allows some non-violent offenders to be released early.  The technology in those cases will, he says, be vital.

"Better safe than sorry is a very good way of putting it."

Foust admits the system is not foolproof.  Just as recently as June, a Murray woman he had sentenced managed to take off the bracelet and evade authorities for a short time.  

But, he says, the technology is a start.

Users will be monitored through a central center, located at the jail.  Jailer Roger Ford tells Local 6 the technology will be a great addition to current measures.

Although users are responsible for the cost of the devices, the Marshall County Fiscal Court recently entered into a one year contract with Lexington based- Corrisoft.

Foust says once he sees a fitting candidate, he is ready to put the system to use.