OIG: Electronic monitoring program 'almost a total failure'

OIG: Electronic monitoring program 'almost a total failure'

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Inspector General calls the electronic monitoring program run by the sheriff's office "almost a total failure."

Inspector general Ed Quatrevaux released his new report Wednesday morning.

The OIG's office evaluated 281 electronic monitoring participants from April through September of 2012.

According to the report they found "sloppy record keeping, lax supervision, and vague rules about what deputies should do if a defendant broke curfew or went outside the zone assigned by a judge."

The OIG allegedly found 37 court orders for people wearing ankle bracelets to "stay away" from victims, places of business and co-defendants. But in only two of those cases did the deputies monitoring those defendants enter the addresses into the electronic system, the report states.

The report also finds deputies took too long to respond if participants went outside of their confinement area.

Sheriff Marlin Gusman disagrees with the new IG report.

In a statement he says "the comments made by Inspector General Ed Quatreveaux smacks of political grandstanding."

This report follows a report by the OIG's office back in April claiming the city overpaid the sheriff's office for the service.

The Sheriff's Office revealed during City Council budget hearings last month that it would discontinue operation of the Electronic Monitoring Program effective January 2, 2015.

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