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October 8, 2015

County hears positive report on electronic monitoring of inmates

McLennan County has saved $2.6 million since implementing a program in 2012 to allow electronic monitoring of offenders, commissioners heard in a report Tuesday.

Ronnie Marroquin, office manager for Recovery Healthcare Corp. in Waco, which employs five full-time staff members, oversees the monitoring program and averages working with 369 offenders at any given time in McLennan County. More than 1,000 people have participated in the county’s electronic monitoring program, 90 percent of whom have completed the program, he said.

Marroquin told commissioners Tuesday that the company will soon have the ability to test hair follicles for drug use.

Testing hair follicles can track back six to eight months for illegal consumption, he said.

“We’re going to be extremely competitive in the state of Texas for hair testing,” he said. “We’re bringing that to McLennan County in the next seven weeks.”

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By CASSIE L. SMITH
WacoTrib.com