Report: Orleans Ankle Monitor Problem Wastes Money

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans' inspector general says the ankle monitor problem run by the sheriff's office is "almost a total failure."

         The report issued Wednesday by Ed Quatrevaux cites poor supervision of both inmates and deputies, poor record-keeping and vague policies.

         Sheriff Marlin Gusman's top deputies said last month that the office will stop the program Jan. 2.

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         Quatrevaux's staff reviewed files for 281 participants from April through September of 2012 — the month before a National Institute of Justice review.

         Among other things, the 66-page report says deputies failed to have the global positioning system flag 35 out of 37 locations that defendants had to stay away from under restraining orders.

         A statement from Sheriff Marlin Gusman says Quatrevaux's comments "smack of political grandstanding." He says there have been many improvements since the National Institute of Justice report.

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