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article imageD.A. Candidate Dons Ankle Monitor: Savvy Move or Political Stunt?

By Sandy Sand     Sep 8, 2009 in Politics
Republican candidate Michael Untermeyer, who is hoping to be the next district attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has teamed up with a GPS ankle monitor as his campaign partner.
Via Untermeyer’s Web site, he vowed to wear the ankle bracelet for a month so voters can track his minute-to-minute whereabouts.
The monitor is also part of his campaign to save millions of dollars and alleviating overcrowded prisons and jails by moving nonviolent defendants out of the prison system and keeping tabs on them electronically.
Untermeyer emphasized his position by pointing out that it costs $98 a day to keep someone locked up, as compared to a mere $8 a day to monitor them electronically.
His opponent, Democrat Seth Williams responded by saying:
… the ankle bracelet is just a gimmick and the prison overcrowding issue has no quick fix.
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