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Charleston SC Electronic Monitoring Systems

Charleston SC Electronic Monitoring Systems
Crime is an ever-evolving venture for the people that resort to it. As technology evolves, how people commit come crimes has changed. It’s time to take a page from the criminal’s playbook and follow their lead.

The justice system has the daunting task of upholding and enforcing the law. Police, courts, and prisons have to work together to make sure that criminals learn from their time inside and follow the law once they are released.

Electronic monitoring has been a mainstay for parole and probation officers and to keep the public aware of individuals that live in their communities. There are several types of devices available, and they have their own methods of monitoring. Keep reading to find out more about these devices.
Charleston SC Electronic Monitoring Systems

There are two types of electronic monitoring devices in the electronic monitoring of offenders in Charlton South Carolina, Berkley County, Dorchester County.

The first method is radio frequency (RF) monitoring. This technology uses radio waves that communicate between a worn monitoring device and a secondary device in the home. The secondary device acts as a sort of tether in the home and will send an alert to a corrections officer if the person under surveillance strays too far from the tether.

RF monitoring is the principal monitoring method when people are on house arrest.

GPS monitoring is the second method to track people. GPS monitoring can find use as a means of monitoring house arrest, but because of its capabilities, it provides more utility.

The GPS monitor allows people being monitored to continue with some semblance of a normal life. A secondary device in the home may act to determine how far someone can travel from their home. This is called geofencing.

If someone travels outside of the “fencing”, an alert will be sent to the corrections department.

Some GPS monitors have also been equipped with speakers to communicate with the person under surveillance. This raises the question of privacy and the possibility of law enforcement officials listening to conversations. To date, no ankle monitors have been fit with microphones or the ability to record conversations.

RF monitoring methods are straightforward. A tether is placed in the home that works in tandem with a landline or cellular base station. RF monitoring finds use in cases that involve house arrest or when someone has to be home by a preset curfew.

The tether can be set to track a monitor with a range of fifty to hundred fifty feet. When the tether detects the monitor, it sends a notification to the monitoring center. Monitor centers have staff working in them every day of the year to notify law enforcement if someone under surveillance gets too far out of range.

The status of a person as a parolee, being under probation, or under a prison release program will determine if they have a curfew or if they are even allowed to leave their home.

RF monitors also have indicators that will notify a monitoring center if the ankle monitor has come to suffer tampering. While handy, RF devices are not perfect.

The distance of a person wearing an ankle monitor from their tether may not be correct, which can trigger alerts and send notifications to law enforcement to perform a check. Some people who wear ankle monitors have also used tinfoil as a way to block the signal to the tether.

GPS monitoring functions in many of the same ways that RF monitors do. A tether is set up in the home that will notify monitoring centers when they return home. In addition to these measures, inclusion and exclusion zones can also be set.

Inclusion and exclusion zones can be permanent markers if a person under surveillance cannot leave their home. They can also be set to a schedule if they can go to work.

Exclusion zones prevent the person who wears an ankle monitor from a particular address. For example, the exclusion zone can prevent someone from getting near a bar if they cannot have alcohol. An alert will notify the monitoring center if a person reaches proximity to an address in the exclusion zone.

These monitors can also track the speed of a person’s movement or when they stop at a location for a length of time.

GPS monitors see usage when tracking sex offenders or people that pose a high risk to the community.

Breathalyzers are a tool that may be used while someone is on electronic monitoring. Under almost all circumstances, people that have to wear an ankle monitor are forbidden from consuming alcohol. Spontaneous breathalyzer tests may be applied to ensure that a person is following the terms of their release, parole, or probation.

While under house arrest, people under surveillance may have their calls monitored by an automatic number identifier (ANI). This is the same technology that allows emergency operators to see the number and address of a person who calls them. This technology can help law enforcement ensure that people are not interacting with the wrong people.

Random call generators are a way to check if someone is at home by curfew. The calls can be set to occur at any time of the day. Multiple calls can be made to a person’s cell or landline to ensure that they are at home at the appropriate time.

These forms of monitoring in tandem with electronic monitoring devices should give law enforcement near-total access to ensure someone is compliant with a court’s orders. However, programs that also enrich the person under surveillance can help prevent recidivism.

If you found this article helpful on different types of electronic monitoring, we would love to help you provide a secure monitoring protocol. Our GPS trackers provide multiple features that ensure ease of use for everyone.

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A Big Challenge in Supervising Offenders in Charleston SC

Recently, the editors of Courts Today magazine asked for our insights on what we considered to be the biggest issue with supervising offenders. Our responses are below:

What do you consider the biggest issue with the supervision of offenders?

With effective supervision, there is a real and demonstrated opportunity to reduce recidivism in misdemeanant populations. From that perspective, the biggest challenge facing law enforcement and community corrections agencies in their efforts to supervise these offender populations is the ability to leverage very limited resources and still be effective across an entire enrollee population.

How is that being addressed today with technology and/or improved management?

We eschew the belief that technology is the panacea for an organization, any organization, to simply do more with less. Instead, we believe that technology—in this case, electronic monitoring platforms specifically—allow law enforcement and community corrections agencies to have a greater effect on a larger portion of the offender population they supervise.

It is our contention that electronic monitoring programs, long touted to be a catchall means to counter the ballooning costs of incarceration, are much more than a quick-fix economic stopgap. On the contrary, we believe that the best way to stop someone from becoming a repeat offender (or, in purely fiscal terms, a long-term cost center) is to keep them on track to becoming a productive citizen. Therefore, it is when proper supervision positively affects an individual—removing them from the cycle of recidivism—that real, meaningful reductions in costs are created. Our goal is to assist supervising agencies in doing just that.

The use of electronic monitoring creates a real-time feedback loop for the supervising agency and the offender. For the agency, it becomes quickly apparent whether a given offender is going to comply with the responsibilities required to participate in an electronic monitoring program. Inarguably, those offenders that are responsible and compliant take fewer resources to manage than those who do not. This parsing of compliant participants has a real and measurable impact on a supervising agent’s ability to effectively manage their caseload. The momentum created by positive reinforcement can become self-sustaining for the agency and the individual—good behavior has its benefits. Moreover, each compliant participant in effect creates more “bandwidth” for agencies to better manage those offenders that require more stringent levels of supervision.

For those offenders given the opportunity to participate in an electronic monitoring program, the speed at which a breach of protocol is addressed comes as a quick reminder that there are indeed real consequences to their actions. By design, agencies can increase or reduce the levels of accountability to which an individual must comply while enrolled in an EM program. There is little doubt that those that choose to act responsibly enjoy (the relative) freedoms inherent to electronic monitoring programs and are more inclined to “stay on the right path” than those who are non-compliant and find themselves possibly incarcerated and cut off from the outside world.

Ultimately, the reliability, relatively low cost and flexibility of electronic monitoring programs have created opportunities for better outcomes for agencies, offenders and communities that did not exist as recently as 20 years ago.

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House Arrest Electronic Monitoring in Charleston SC

The electronic monitoring industry is littered with a lookalike, cookie-cutter products that were created by companies trying to play catch-up with their competition. As the inventors of BLUtag®, the industry’s first one-piece GPS tracking device, Securus Monitoring Solutions doesn’t need to focus on keeping up with the competition. Instead, we focus on creating products that PROVIDE SOLUTIONS to the challenges faced by law enforcement and community corrections agencies.

We are a single-source provider of comprehensive electronic monitoring solutions to over 700 law enforcement and community corrections agencies in 43 states and the District of Columbia. As true pioneers in the development of GPS tracking hardware and software, we are one of the largest providers of active GPS-based offender monitoring hardware and software solutions in the United States.