Electronic Surveillance Could Replace Jail for Some

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some people awaiting criminal trials could find themselves under electronic surveillance rather than in jail under a proposal advancing in the Missouri Legislature.

Similar legislation allowing judges to order the electronic monitoring passed both the House and Senate on Thursday. But the two versions still must be reconciled.

The Senate sponsor of the bill, Republican Jay Wasson of Nixa, says he hopes electronic monitoring can keep nonviolent offenders productive in the workforce while awaiting trial. Wasson also said the legislation could save counties money on jail costs.

Copyright Associated Press

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