Anyone can sign up for updates, including child-care providers, churches and school officials.
“It helps them because it is their responsibility to keep updated and stay on top of things, especially if it’s a new person who comes into the area, to know where they live and keep an eye on them,” Favro said.
Clinton County’s program costs about $7,000 a year, but none of the money comes from taxpayers, the sheriff said.
It is paid through a percentage of fees generated when inmates make collect calls out of the facility.
Franklin County’s system would cost about $3,000, with the money also coming from inmate-calling fees, Mulverhill said.
Reynolds said no figures have been completed for Essex County and that Cutting might also use the same kind of funding.
“If he can, he will,” Reynolds said.
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ON THE WEB
Find Clinton County's Offender Watch program at http://www.clintoncountygov.com/departments/sheriff/sheriffhome.html and choosing the red and black Offender Watch icon in the upper right corner of the page.