House arrest through electronic monitoring costs a lot less than incarceration, and Douglas County commissioners agreed Monday by approving negotiations for equipment.
The board voted 3-0 to allow Douglas County Youth Services and Community Corrections to negotiate with Electronic Monitoring Systems for equipment based on 50 units used annually.
The departments would lease the equipment. Four companies bid for supplying the county with Electronic Monitoring Service coming in at $61,710. Two other bids were lower, but youth services and community corrections officials said the Electronic Monitoring Service equipment offered more.
The company's "ability to provide direct access to monitoring data via the Internet, to monitor multiple offenders on one home unit and a partnership with MCI Telecommunications were particularly significant in the committee's selection."
The commission will consider the final contract once negotiations are complete.