Leaders meet on Orange County home confinement program
Orange County leaders met on Tuesday to discuss the controversial home confinement program after the escape of one man on GPS monitoring killed a witness in his home invasion trial.
Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry, along with Mayor Teresa Jacobs, promised a complete overhaul of the county's suspended home confinement program.
"As we move forward, were going to reconstruct this system were going to look at it from the top down to the bottom," Perry said.
County officials are trying to figure out how to handle people who legally have a right to bail, but also have a higher flight risk. Officials said identifying individuals who are most likely to be a threat to public safety will be crucial if the program is to be revived.
Outside consultants were hired to analyze the program and say the county needs better technology with 24/7 monitoring and increased supervision.
Bessman Okafor violated the terms of his home confinement more than 100 times, without it being reported to the judge in his case. During one of the violations, Okafor is accused of killing 17-year-old Alex Zaldivar.