Sullivan sheriff wants home detention for some

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Sullivan County officials are considering home detention, instead of jail time, for some non-violent offenders.

Sheriff Wayne Anderson discussed the idea with county commissioners this week and then told The Kingsport Times-News such a program could save the jail money it spends on food and medical and dental services. Anderson said it costs the county about $40 per day to keep an inmate in jail.

He is proposing some offenders be fitted with electronic ankle bracelets that would track their movements and require them to stay home.

Anderson said he would not want drug suspects released on home detention.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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