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Dozens of defendants ordered to remove ankle monitors, as sheriff withdraws from program

The sheriff said he will no long supervise the ankle monitor system. (FOX 8) The sheriff said he will no long supervise the ankle monitor system. (FOX 8)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

For months, he's been trying to get out of the city's electronic monitoring program, now Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman has served notice that, as of this Friday, his office will no longer participate.  

Ankle bracelets are now being removed for dozens of defendants at local courts.

As many as 50 defendants on electronic monitors are being brought into criminal, traffic, and municipal court  because the sheriff's participation in the city program is ending. 

The city has put out a request for proposal to have a new bidder come in and take over the program, but until then, there are no alternative monitoring programs, used by judges and defendants, to try and provide alternatives to jail.

Attorney Jeffrey Smith brought in one of his clients this morning, a man awaiting trial on an attempted murder charge.

"The judge felt that based on the facts of this case, it would be best to put him on a curfew, there have been no problems with him at all, so he's on a curfew now," said Smith.

Several private firms have indicated they are interested in taking over the electronic monitoring program, however, the sheriff's office says it will not be bidding. 

The sheriff's office issued a statement saying they have been saying the would no longer participate in the program since November, 2014, and granted two extensions to the city as a courtesy.

The statement says the sheriff's office is too underfunded to properly participate in the monitoring program.

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