Hundreds face jail time as home monitoring funds run out

Lawmakers are outraged as funds for a state program that covers the cost of home monitoring for defendants awaiting trial has abruptly dried up. When a judge determines a defendant is not a flight risk or a danger to the community, they can be released to their home. The cost of monitoring the defendant via GPS is $450 per month. The state would cover those payments for defendants who could not afford them. During a budget hearing Wednesday, judicial officials told lawmakers the federal funding for that program has dried up, meaning defendants who would be eligible for coverage might be forced to find a way to pay or go to jail.