Intervention Field Services and Corrections Programs, has have initiated the Electronic Monitoring Program to target those offenders who require a structured environment of supervision but do not need the security of a jail setting. Electronic Monitoring can be used as a jail sentencing alternative, both pre and post sentence, as a condition of probation or as an intermediate sanction. This tool offers the courts another community based alternative to institutionalized incarceration and serves as an adjunct to community placement, while addressing public safety issues.
This type of program has numerous benefits to both the public and to the offender. To the public, there is the benefit of having a convicted/sentenced offender monitored continuously with the intent that the program will be largely self-supporting through the use of offender fees. To the offender, it provides the opportunity to maintain employment, attend treatment, and to keep the family unit intact. In addition, In-Home Detention teaches the offender how to plan and schedule his/her activities using behavior modification techniques. For Pretrial defendants, electronic monitoring affords the defendant the opportunity to maintain employment, keep their family intact, assist in the preparation of their defense, and avoid unnecessary pretrial incarceration. As a Post –Sentence sanction, it allows the offender to maintain employment, engage in treatment and pay restitution to the victim of the crime.
The purpose of the electronic monitoring sentence, whether an alternative sentence or as a condition of probation, is two-fold: (1) that of punitive sanction in which a penalty is imposed that greatly limits and intensely monitors all offender activity, and (2) that of offender assistance, providing guidance and structure for attaining treatment, employment, victim aid, and other types of offender services.
Electronic Monitoring may be imposed as a condition for pretrial defendants, a continuation of a work release sentence, a stipulation for offenders who receive early release and for post conviction offenders. The purpose of pretrial supervision is to ensure the appearance of the person and the safety of other persons in the community; punishment is not appropriate for someone still presumed innocent. In contrast, after conviction, electronic monitoring serves a variety of purposes.,as a condition of probation.
Alcohol and Drug Monitoring:
Satellite Monitoring (GPS):