Only bid for electronic monitoring of prisoners is way over estimate

The plan to put electronic bracelets on some 200 prisoners so they could be monitored at home has hit another snag.

The Ministerio de Justicia y Paz that runs the prisons said that the only bidder sought a contract for more than had been allocated for the pilot program. The Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo also is involved because it is putting up the money.

The law permitting the devices already is a year old, and the ministry has struggled to qualify bidders and to get bids. The ministry estimated that the 18-month pilot project would be about $1.5 million.

The only qualified bidder said $3.4 million.  In addition to the 200 electronic devices, the project also included the development of a monitoring station. Officials hoped that the project would allow the transfer of some prisoners to home detention from the overcrowded facilities.

Now another round of soliciting bids appears to be the next step.

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