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Davis Co. ankle monitoring program provides alternative to incarceration

Non-violent offenders could have the option beginning October 16
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Posted at 5:03 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 19:03:03-04

FARMINGTON, Utah — Non-violent offenders in Davis County may be eligible for an ankle monitoring program instead of incarceration beginning October 16.

Seven inmates will begin the program on Thursday. Capacity is currently set at 25, but there are intentions to grow as needed.

“This program is going to help me rebuild relationships and gives me a second chance to change my life around, giving me a chance to maintain a job and work for my high school diploma,” stated D.E., an ankle monitor program participant. “It’s a great opportunity for people, instead of incarceration.”
People in the program may work in the community or can assist Davis County Facilities employees with grounds and building maintenance.

Depending on their crime, individuals may be required to provide a daily urinalysis at the Work Center.

The program was initially funded with CARES Act money, and it will be self-sustaining by December 1.

The Davis County Sheriff's Office claims this program is more cost effective for tax payers and helps to maximize the offender's opportunities for success.

“Justice reform is a priority to our office, and COVID actually provided us an opportunity to move a little quicker on alternative programs like this one,” said Sergeant Ron Rowe of the Davis County Sheriff’s Office Work Center. “The ankle monitors hold the individuals accountable while allowing them to remain in the community, maintain employment, participate in necessary treatment, and be with their loved ones. Most importantly, this program gives individuals a better chance to succeed.”