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An electronic ankle monitor is modeled recently by a member of law enforcement staff at the Kandiyohi County Jail in Willmar. The device sends information about the wearer to a remote monitoring center. Kandiyohi County Family Services has used the monitors in a handful of juvenile cases recently as an alternative to placement outside the home. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Electronic monitoring can offer less restrictive, cheaper alternative to juvenile placement


WILLMAR — An ankle bracelet that detects where a person is at a given time and alerts authorities when the person isn’t home when he should be is proving to be a cost-effective alternative for some juveniles who otherwise may be placed outside the home.

Kandiyohi County has utilized the new option with five kids since this spring with good success, said Kathy Nelson, a supervisor with the county Family Services Department.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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