MADISON, W.Va. -- The state Division of Juvenile Services is starting a pilot project in Boone and Lincoln counties to provide electronic home confinement for young offenders.
The project will enable juveniles to remain in their own schools and with their families while saving the state incarceration costs.
Division assistant director of community based services Jason Wright says monitoring each juvenile with ankle bracelets costs about $47 per day, compared with the daily out-of-home placement cost of hundreds of dollars.
Circuit Judge William S. Thompson is overseeing the project. He also supervises the adult and juvenile drug court programs in Boone County.
The Division of Juvenile Services provides the electronic equipment and a full-time employee to monitor juveniles in the program, including regular visits to homes and schools.