Electronic Monitoring Applications

Now is the time for the courts to include electronic monitoring as a standard condition of bail. If Ankle Monitoring and other GPS based Monitoring systems were employed, just a few of the benefits to come would be...

  • Peace of mind for the sureties and the court.
  • No cost to the taxpayer.
  • Offenders who abscond will quickly be located and returned to jail.
  • The community's public safety interest will be well served.

No one should have their lives torn apart by merely being accused of a crime. However, this occurs in justice systems across the world every day due to antiquated approaches to pretrial defendant management. Tracking systems are a sensible alternative to pretrial incarceration.

PreTrial
No longer should defendants be locked away in jail, losing their jobs, families, and lives in the process, while awaiting trial.

Pretrial defendants on electronic monitoring can continue to lead normal lives while the justice system works through their case. Monitoring systems directly address the interests of the court in ensuring defendants attend trial, and additionally prevent attempts to jump bail or flee jurisdictions because such moves are quickly detected and responded to by law enforcement.

In the case of offender-pay programs, all of this can be accomplished at zero cost to both the justice system and the taxpayer, while saving government incarceration costs that are upwards of $200/day or more.

Probation/Parole
Electronic monitoring systems cannot prevent a crime from happening, nor guarantee the elimination of re-offenses, but they can act as a cost effective, efficient, and powerful tool for individuals on probation and/or parole.
By enrolling offenders in an electronic monitoring program, officers will be able to look after a greater number of offenders while actually spending less time and effort than previously.

The reporting systems allow for officers to be notified only in the case of an offender's non-compliance; if an offender remains in compliance… the officer isn't notified. This will allow the officer to focus attention on those individuals who truly need greater supervision, and will also enable the agencies to make the best use of their current available labor.

Another advantage is that officers no longer have to spend as much time watching for instances of non-compliance; such instances are sent to the officers as they happen. Issues can be resolved in a timely manner rather than being addressed weeks later (if discovered at all).

Additionally, our systems will give officers access to detailed mapping information, including violation reports for each offender. Officers no longer have to come into contact with an offender to verify location. If a participant still chooses to abscond, the corresponding authority will be able to view the last location prior to an infraction. Information of this nature usually isn't available with traditional parole or probation supervision.

Sex Offender Tracking & Monitoring
Utilizing new technologies cannot guarantee that offenses will not occur, but it can give corrections and law enforcement agencies verifiable evidence when an offender has attempted to circumvent his condition(s) for release.
The systems are designed to reduce the manual labor required by officers to visually observe the movement of sex offenders, and to assist officers in determining which offenders may be at the greatest risk to re-offend.

Experience indicates that agencies using monitoring systems have increased offender compliance and enhanced their ability to monitor more offenders simultaneously. In addition, they have had the greatest impact on reducing re-offenses. The sex offender monitoring systems benefit both the community and the sex offender.

The tracking systems can monitor the location of enrolled sex offenders around the clock. Traditional "house arrest" systems can only verify an offender's presence in a house/residence, but don't have the ability to track offenders once outside the house. We can create customized inclusion and exclusion zones, schedules, and curfews that streamline monitoring efforts. For example, an agency can mandate that no enrolled sex offender be within a 500-foot radius of any school in the community. If an offender violates this mandate, the system can provide real-time notification of the actual infraction, and offer a verifiable court reference for the violation. Additional automated reports are sent to the agency, highlighting instances of offender non-compliance.

Sex offenders that know they are being watched have much less chance to re-offend, because there is a greater likelihood that they will be caught and prosecuted.

The systems can be widely used in conjunction with post release treatment to increase the chances of long-term rehabilitation, which not only decreases the tax burden on the public associated with re-offense, but also increases overall community safety.

Attendance to treatment sessions is one of the most important factors for successful rehabilitation. Officers can create zones and schedules that effectively verify an offender's attendance to the treatment sessions.
The electronic monitoring systems supply peace of mind to any community that wants to enhance its public safety.

Drug Offenses
Tracking systems can be an effective addition when used in conjunction with the release of convicted drug offenders.

The offenders can be tracked 24/7/365 and held accountable to rules of release and attendance to mandatory rehabilitation sessions, which is key to long-term rehabilitative success. Tracking systems can act as a powerful deterrent to re-offend.

Additionally, the offender’s tracking history and patterns can provide officials valuable insight if the offender again becomes involved in drug use, or distribution. Officials can create exclusion zones to offenders enrolled in tracking, with or without the knowledge of the offender. All future offender visits to the exclusion zone will be reported to the agency. The units are capable of providing violation notifications in real-time, which heightens an agency's ability to respond to a situation in a timely manner.

Juveniles
Electronic Monitoring of juveniles can help ensure they attend school and comply with other terms of their supervision. The use of electronic monitoring allows supervising agents/officers to create date and time sensitive inclusion and exclusion zones, which identify geographic locations the juveniles are supposed to enter and remain, or are prohibited from entering for specific periods of time.

When courts order juveniles to be electronically monitored a one-piece device is the most appropriate because they don’t have to hand carry any additional equipment. Our ankle monitor is the only device needed to effectively monitor juveniles because it is a one-piece device that remains securely attached around the ankle. Juveniles nor their friends can damage, lose or vandalize the equipment.

Truancy
Truancy is a continuing and growing issue in education today. It adversely impacts individual students, schools, school districts and a community as a whole. While electronic monitoring technology cannot address all of the factors contributing to and creating truant students, it does provide one more tool available to supervising agents/officers and school districts to help return students to the classroom on a long-term basis.

Supervising agents/officers have the ability to review the movements of students at any given time and apply appropriate sanctions for noncompliance. If students are electronically monitored supervising agents/officers will know immediately when they are not on the school grounds because the monitor automatically generates an alert with real-time information when an inclusion zone is not entered on time.

Gang non-association
Electronic monitoring systems in Canada can enforce non-association between gang members and gangs from assembling together.

High-risk Offenders
When supervising agencies use electronic technology to monitor the movements of high-risk offenders in the community it provides supervising agents/officers with an extra set of eyes to help ensure compliance and increase the level of community safety.

High-risk offenders, such as gang members, sex offenders and habitual offenders are usually considered candidates for electronic monitoring devices, which provide real-time data on their movements. If they enter a prohibited geographic area or are late entering a requisite geographic area or leave it early the supervising agent/officer receives immediately notification about the violation and can quickly take appropriate action.

As a one-piece monitoring device it is quickly and easily attached around the offender’s ankle and remains there for the term of supervision. The monitor "pings" the satellite once per minute. It transmits data every ten minutes when offenders are compliant with the terms of their supervision, and transmits data immediately whenever an infraction occurs.

This technology is a great addition to the suite of tools and methods supervising agents/officers use to monitor the movements and compliance of offenders. It allows supervising agents/officers to more closely monitor the movements of offenders while increasing the level of community safety. This technology is highly effective, but it is not a replacement for in-person interaction between supervising agents/officers and offenders. In fact, no technology can replace the critical person-to-person meetings, phone calls and visits. These interactions between supervising agents/officers and offenders provide much needed information that isn’t available by simply looking at a map of tracks.

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