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Electronic monitoring fees for Brown Co. jail inmates to rise under budget

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GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - It could soon cost more for inmates to get-out-of-jail in Green Bay. Brown County Sheriff John Gossage has proposed a budget for next year that raises the fees to be electronically-monitored at home. Inmates would pay a $50 start-up cost, up from $25 this year. Daily fees would jump from 20-dollars to 23. Gossage says it would provide almost a $1 million  more in revenue -- and it will come in handy to pay the higher costs of deputies' salaries, and the fuel for keeping the squad cars going. About 72 offenders are in Brown County's home monitoring program, in which they wear bracelets so officials can check their locations at home-or-work. Officials want to increase that number to about 90 next year. Part of the goal is to delay the need for a new jail. As of yesterday, the cells were 87-percent full. And without the at-home monitoring, Chief Deputy Todd Delain says the jail would not be able to handle the demand.

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