Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum and Judge Trey Anderson are concerned about domestic violence incidents in Grundy County. Working together, the two are spearheading the implementation of ankle monitoring devices to curb domestic violence.
Previously, a person accused of domestic violence spent a 12-hour cooling off period at the Grundy County Jail before becoming eligible to make bond. With the new monitoring system, the offender will be now be required to wear an ankle monitor, equipped with GPS technology, until his or her court date.
“We have partnered with Tennessee Recovery and Monitoring to make this new technology possible in our county,” says Shrum. “The offender will have a 12-hour cooling off period at the jail, and will then be required to wear a monitor if they can make bail. They will wear the monitor until their court date, at which time it will be determined if it can be removed, or if they will need to continue to be monitored.
“The goal is deter repeat offenses. The victim will receive a monitoring fob that will alert them if the offender comes within range. An alert will also be sent to Tennessee Recovery and Monitoring, who will immediately notify the sheriff’s department.”
Shrum says that Grundy County has logged 40 reported incidents of domestic violence since January 1.
“That may not seem like a lot,” says Shrum. “But, with a county population of 13,000 people, it’s a high number.”
In addition to the new monitoring system for domestic violence, ankle bracelets will also be utilized with anyone who has a second DUI offense. The alcohol monitor will take a reading every 30 minutes, sending the data to Tennessee Recovery and Monitoring who will forward the information to Shrum and his deputies.
The monitoring systems will be a condition of bail for domestic violence and second offense DUI offenders. The offender will pay for the system, says Shrum, not the county.
“These systems give us an enhanced level of protection,” says Shrum. “It will show the people of Grundy County we are serious about deterring crime.”