Added on February 5, 2020
To help with jail overcrowding, Sheriff Asa Buck is considering an electronic house arrest program where certain inmates could be maintained on electronic monitoring versus lingering in jail.
And indeed jail overcrowding is a big concern in the county.
But, what is your opinion on this program and outline the potential pros and cons to electronic monitoring in Carteret County NC.
Comment 1: There is another blog on the Internet that I refuse to link or send people to because it is horrendously offensive, but in reading it the author did bring up something I both agree with and fear.
Yes, if Sheriff Buck needs a new jail, and he does given the projected population growth and rate at which people are getting in trouble with drugs, then we have to do it. If the Sheriff is comfortable that there is a population that can safely be detained at home and the technology works flawlessly, then we should trust Asa.
But getting back to the information I talked about in the opening. I do not see this drug epidemic ending, there is really no way to end it. Today, we have almost an equal number of people in Carteret County who use drugs and have infractions with the law, and they likely do not have a good relationship with law enforcement.
When you have this large of a group that is using, at some point it won’t matter how big the jail is. You won’t have staff to man a jail, nor the people needed to watch those on house arrest.
And I fear that at some point this group becomes so big that they will start influencing politicians, and thus policy and procedures.
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