Magazine article Corrections Forum

Putting Parolees on a Tighter Leash

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Putting Parolees on a Tighter Leash

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New York Times

Florida-based Pro Tech Monitoring, the leader in surveillance technology using the Global Positioning System (GPS), produces a tracking and monitoring device that allows municipalities to keep better track of parolees than traditional systems. Parolees wear an electronic ankle bracelet that transmits a signal to a four-pound electronic box that the offenders must carry with them at all times. The box makes a cell phone call to a central computer every 10 minutes, transmitting the offender's geographic location via the GPS. Not only does the GPS provide constant and precise monitoring, but it can send an alert to authorities if the offender enters a designated hot zone, such as a school or victim's home; if the offender does not arrive on time at home; strays more than 100 feet away from the box; or tampers with the bracelet. …

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