CLARK Co., Ind. (WHAS11)—Home incarceration doesn’t necessarily begin when the bracelet is placed on the offender’s ankle.
An offender in Clark County, Ind. has to pay before the bracelet is activated, meaning they can go home, without the bracelet tracking their movements.
Cory Daffron has been in this program and had not paid for the bracelet to be activated for nearly two months after the sentence was handed down.
Daffron was originally charged with stalking, invasion of privacy and intimidation. Court records show he violated his probation in September and was sentenced to six months of house arrest.
Records also show that Daffron did not get his bracelet active until the end of November.
“One would think that if someone committed a crime and has the opportunity to be incarcerated in the jail or at home, that if they are at home they should be monitored,” John Perkins, Clark Co. Commissioner said.
Perkins is familiar with the situation and says he is concerned. He isn't the only one.
There are 2 home incarceration programs in Clark Co., one is run by Probation and the other is run by Community Corrections.
Steve Mason, with Community Corrections, said as soon as someone is sentenced to their house arrest program, they start monitoring them right away.
Judge Weber of Circuit Court 3 sentences people to the probation's home incarceration program. He said that he allows offenders a certain amount of time to report for their sentence.
The Probation Department's house incarceration program is entirely funded by the offender as a cost cutting measure for Clark County tax payers.
Cory Daffron's attorney said this kind of grace period is not uncommon.
A county commissioner wants to know which way is best.