You may recall the Freedom Foundation’s investigation and reports into electronic home monitoring over the past couple of years. What we found was that many defendants who have been ordered to wear ankle bracelets (instead of going to jail) remain largely unwatched.
We have made recommendation to the Legislature to write laws that make the practice of ignoring ankle bracelet alerts illegal and to make monitoring agencies and private companies accountable for keeping track of defendants.
Reforms are beginning to move through the Legislature. The first bill this year was heard by the Senate, and a House bill awaits a committee hearing.
Here is my testimony from Feb. 12.
February 21, 2014 Watered-Down Electronic Home Monitoring Bill Debated
January 30, 2014 Shea's Bill Would Bring Order to Electronic Home Monitoring
September 18, 2013 Report: Are Criminals Left Unwatched?
King 5 Reports [here]