Philly DA hopeful dons monitoring bracelet

November 17, 2009 6:19:54 AM PST
Voters in Philadelphia will have an easy time telling where one candidate for district attorney stands -- with the help of a GPS ankle bracelet. Republican district attorney candidate Michael Untermeyer is wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet for the next month. Visitors to Untermeyer's Web site, www.untermeyerforda.com, can track the his movements minute-by-minute for the next 30 days.

Untermeyer said Thursday the city could save millions of dollars by moving nonviolent defendants out of the prison system and keeping tabs on them electronically instead.

Untermeyer says it costs $98 a day to keep someone locked up but just $8 a day to monitor them electronically.

Democratic opponent Seth Williams says the ankle bracelet is just a gimmick and the prison overcrowding issue has no quick fix.

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