Home Security for judges: Who pays?

Thursday, December 8, 2005

WASHINGTON--Federal judges who will be getting home security systems installed and paid for by taxpayers are waiting to find out whether taxpayers will foot the bill for the monthly monitoring fees as well.
An answer is expected this week or next, said Nikki Credic, spokeswoman for the United States Marshals Service.
Last May, following the murders of the husband and mother of Chicago-area federal judge Joan Lefkow, Congress appropriated $12 million to pay for security systems in homes of the more than 2,000 federal judges.
Credic said that when Congress appropriated the money it failed to specify who would pay the $25-$30 monthly monitoring fee and also failed to specify a single contractor to install the security systems.
To read more about this story, see the January issue of Security Systems News.