The house arrest program provides the Fairfield Municipal Court with another alternative for sentencing. Under this program, defendants are closely monitored electronically to ensure they remain at home at the times required by the court.
High-tech ankle bracelets are electronically connected to a monitoring device that notified the Fairfield Municipal Court by telephone when an offender is out of range or if the connector is cut.
The system allows non-violent offenders to continue working in order to pay fines and restitution.
Considering that a sentence for jail time costs the City of Fairfield $60 per day, the house arrest option provides a significant savings. In addition, defendants pay the cost of monitoring. During 2010, the Court collected $9,731 in fees from those on house arrest.