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Questions about Cuyahoga County ankle monitor system after Tommie Griffin case

Questions about system after Tommie Griffin case
Posted at 11:17 PM, Oct 25, 2017

Cuyahoga County Administrative Judge John J. Russo answered questions about the county ankle bracelet monitoring system, following the tragic case of former Cleveland police officer Tommie Griffin.

Griffin killed himself during an Oct. 24 stand-off, after removing his ankle monitor and attempting to escape charges of raping and beating his girlfriend.

Despite the tragic case, Russo stood behind the effectiveness of the ankle monitor system in Cuyahoga County.

"No system is 100% foolproof," said Russo. 

"The system is constantly re-evaluated every year to six months."

Russo told News 5 both he, and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department, take a look at the latest technology, and evaluate if enough resources are dedicated to the system.

Russo said if the person monitored attempts to remove or tamper with a their bracelet, it will trigger a series of alerts to sheriff's deputies, parole officers and the correct judges within 5 to 10 minutes.