According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 33,561 people died in traffic crashes in 2012 in the United States (latest figures available), including an estimated 10,322 people who died in drunk driving crashes, accounting for 31% of all traffic deaths that year.
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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.”
Most of 177 Twin Peaks bikers no longer wearing ankle monitors
Of the 177 bikers jailed after the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout, none remain in McLennan County jails and 135 of those were fitted with GPS ankle monitors after negotiating reduced bonds.
Almost five months later, all but 22 of those 135 have been allowed to remove the ankle monitors after agreements between their attorneys and state prosecutors to amend the conditions of their bonds.
None of the bikers who wore the monitors for varying periods of time committed any serious violations that caused them to be removed from the GPS program, said Ronnie Marroquin, office manager for Recovery Healthcare in Waco, which oversees the monitoring program. [read more]
Bail bond, ankle monitor companies see bonanza from biker arrests
By Tommy Witherspoon
The May 17 war zone around Twin Peaks cost lives, liberties and livelihoods, but local companies monitoring GPS ankle bracelets and writing bail bonds have enjoyed a virtual biker bonanza in recent months.
While McLennan County officials have been trying to sort out how to deal with the multiple ripple effects from the shootout and mass arrests of 177 bikers, Waco’s Recovery Healthcare Corp. and local bail bond companies have chalked up banner profits.
As of Friday, of the 177 arrested, three posted $1 million bonds and 163 were released from jail after their attorneys and prosecutors negotiated reduced bonds ranging from $10,000 to $300,000.
Of those freed bikers, 123 were ordered to wear GPS ankle bracelets, installed and monitored by Recovery Healthcare, as a condition of their releases.
Ronnie Marroquin, Waco office manager for Recovery Healthcare, declined to discuss proprietary information about the company. But, he said those ordered to wear the ankle bracelets must pay $355, which includes a $100 installation fee, and then $255 a month for as long as they wear it.
Biker arrested following Twin Peaks shooting released on $1 million bond
An attorney for one of the bikers arrested following the Twin Peaks shootings says his client bonded out and is out of jail as of Wednesday morning.
Jeff Battey is at a Dallas hospital to be treated for bullet fragments in his arm after posting his $1 million bond.
Battey was fitted with an electronic ankle monitor as a stipulation of his release, as will all the bikers who bond out of jail.
Battey became the first biker to post bond earlier Tuesday to get out of jail, but Sutton said authorities determined they were not releasing anyone without fitting them with an electronic ankle monitor. Sheriff Parnell McNamara confirmed that stipulation to News Channel 25 Tuesday night.
At least one Twin Peaks suspect posts $1 million bond, required to wear ankle monitor
At least one of the approximately 170 suspects jailed in a deadly shooting Sunday at Twin Peaks has been released on a $1 million bond and has been fitted with an ankle monitor, per the conditions of his release, officials confirmed Wednesday.
Ronnie Marroquin, McLennan County Recovery Healthcare Corp. office manager, said an electronic GPS ankle monitor was attached to one inmate in the case at about 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.
“If they don’t follow the condition of bond stipulations for GPS, we will be notified within seconds,” he said.
Marroquin added that the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office will be notified at the same time.
[Video] Man on probation cuts ankle monitor, then drives to Arkansas in RV
Recovery Healthcare Corporation’s GPS monitoring will track you no matter what. Recently, in McLennan County, TX, a man on probation, who was wearing an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, was arrested after cutting off the ankle monitor and taking it with him as he drove to Arkansas in an RV.
According to Captain Bubba Colyer with the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, Hatcher said he got a better job offer in Arkansas and decided to go. Colyer says Hatcher cut off the monitor, but then threw it in his RV while driving to Arkansas. The ankle monitor continued to provide location information during the trip and up to the time he entered an Arkansas RV park, until the battery eventually went dead.
Investigators were able to track him to that location and local Arkansas authorities arrested him on the warrant out of McLennan County.
[Video] Judge: Lifesaving Law Will Be Put To Use in Corpus Christi
Although Mary’s law is supposed to help prevent domestic violence cases from escalating to the level of danger, the law has never been put to use in Nueces county. The law requires attackers to be tracked by GPS monitoring, but, the difference is if an abuser gets too close to a victim, that victim and authorities are notified by text.
In an effort to put that law to use, Recovery Healthcare CEO, Larry Vanderwoude, spoke with and showed those GPS devices and the latest technology to the Council of District Judges. He says his company has the equipment and technology in Corpus Christi right now. All it takes is an order from a judge.
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Source: KRISTV Corpus Christi, TX – August 20, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Offender Program Saves McLennan Co. Over $1 Million
Recovery Healthcare Corporation was recently featured in a news piece about our offender monitoring program in McLennan County, TX. Using electronic monitoring technologies like one-piece GPS and continuous alcohol monitoring for sobriety, we’ve been able to help ease jail overcrowding and save taxpayers in the county over $1 million dollars. Watch the media clip below:
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Nestande sentenced to 180 days in jail, alcohol monitoring bracelet
A judge has made a final decision on the fate of former legislative aide Gabrielle Nestande.
Judge Sage said despite the jury’s conviction, she believes alcohol played a role in the hit and run death of Griffin. Nestande has also been ordered to complete 600 hours of community service in Travis County. She will be required to have a camera and ignition interlock in the car she is driving for the next four years. The judge says Nestande must wear an ankle monitoring bracelet, and she cannot go to any bars. She must also write a letter of apology to Griffin’s family.