Pender County inmates to be tracked with GPS ankle monitors

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Submitted: Wed, 05/18/2011 - 3:53am
Updated: Tue, 06/26/2012 - 2:12pm

BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — Some inmates in Pender County will soon be allowed to walk around freely before going to trial.

Pender County Commissioners approved the pre-trial release program. It will allow some inmates to be tracked with GPS ankle monitors before they head to court. Not every inmate will qualify for the program and will have to be screened first. Though not all details are set in stone about which inmates would or would not qualify, Sheriff Carson Smith says that violent crime offenders would definitely be ineligible.

“This year, we’ve really tried different ways that we can ease the burden and the cost of our jail program,” said Smith. “A lot of these inmates, we’re having to send out to other counties to keep. That’s costing us about fifty dollars per day per inmate.”

Those with ankle monitors would only cost taxpayers about $12 a day.


  • Guest28412 says:

    I have so other ideas on easing the burden and cost of the jail program. Decriminalize marijuana and let out the “criminals” that don’t really belong in jail. I’d like to know what criteria makes someone eligible to be released with the gps ankle monitor. Hope they keep all the pedos in jail for sure.

  • Guestq says:

    So a 2 week investigation leads to probation and community service?

  • Algorsa says:

    They don’t get any time anyhow.Why?
    NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (NEWS RELEASE) – New Hanover County Sheriff’s Vice and Narcotics Detectives concluded a two week investigation with the arrest of Dorothy K. Sowell for cocaine charges. Late Sunday afternoon, Detectives stopped Sowell at the intersection of Wrightsville Ave. and Wilshire Blvd. After searching Sowell’s vehicle Detectives discovered over 60 grams of cocaine, digital scales, and packaging material valued at over $6000.00.
    Dorothy Sowell is a 36 year old white female currently being held in the New Hanover County Detention Facility under a $30,000.00 secure bond.
    Sowell’s charges include:
    Traffic cocaine by possession-felony
    Traffic cocaine by transportation-felony
    Traffic cocaine by manufacture-felony
    PWISD cocaine-felony
    Maintaining a vehicle or dwelling-felony
    Possession of drug paraphernalia-misdemeanor

    Most Recent Incarceration Summary

    No Incarceration Record Found

    Offender Sentence History

    Most Recent Period of Supervision Record

    Sentence Number:01-001Commitment Type:PROBATION/PAROLE
    Conviction Date:04/21/2011County Of Conviction:NEW HANOVER
    Punishment Type:COMMUNITY SS (DCC)
    Sentence Type 1:PROBATION
    Sentence Type 2:SUSPENDED SENTENCE
    Total Supervision Term:24 MONTHS

    Offense (Qualifier)
    Offense Date
    Class Code


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