Missouri Selects BI Incorporated for Electronic Monitoring Program Contract
Contract for Products and Services Awarded
The Missouri Department of Corrections Division of Probation and Parole has awarded BI Incorporated, the nation's largest provider of technology, treatment and reentry services for corrections agencies, a contract for electronic monitoring products and services. The contract will include many different BI systems that offer the flexibility to match a system to an offender’s assessed risk. In total, more than 1,200 adult offenders, including probationers, parolees, and drug court participants, may be placed on BI’s mix of offender monitoring systems.
"We are extremely pleased that Missouri officials selected BI to support its offender supervision efforts and expressed confidence in our ability to support the agency’s community safety efforts," said Bruce Thacher, BI CEO and president. "We pride ourselves on customer service, continuous improvement of our technology, and programs that meet the needs of our customers. Those efforts have been rewarded today."
BI was awarded the contract because of the wide range of technology options available for community supervision. In fact, more than eight BI systems will be included as part of the contract, including GPS tracking for offenders perceived as higher risk, traditional electronic monitoring systems, and alcohol monitoring technologies, including BI TAD, a new BI system that can provide continuous alcohol monitoring through an individual’s perspiration.
The Board of Probation and Parole governs the release of offenders from confinement in the state’s Division of Adult Institutions by means of parole or conditional release. The electronic monitoring program is one of several cost‐effective options that the board uses to provide additional intervention, sanctions and structure for offenders so they are more likely to succeed upon release.
The state’s electronic monitoring program is used to provide structure and control of offenders just released from prison or those on probation, parole or conditional release that are failing to comply with the conditions of supervision. Offenders will typically be monitored on an electronic monitoring system for between 30 and 120 days. Offenders are restricted to their residence unless permission from their probation and parole officer is granted to attend work, treatment, school and other pre‐approved community programs. Missouri DOC officials believe that electronic monitoring technology is another helpful tool in promoting offender success while on supervision.
Under terms of this agreement, the specific BI systems the state will use include:
- BI ExacuTrack® and BI ExacuTrack® One, two sophisticated GPS tracking systems that allow supervising officers to monitor offender movement as they travel in the community.
- BI HomeGuard® 200 and BI HomeCell®, systems that monitor offenders for home curfews and schedules.
- BI TAD™ and BI Sobrietor®, two alcohol monitoring systems. TAD is unique in that it provides continuous alcohol monitoring through an ankle bracelet with radio frequency monitoring.
- BI VoiceID®, a voice verification system that uses biometric voiceprints to verify a person’s location through a series of phone calls.
- Drive‐BI®, a handheld device that allows officers to check on an individual from outside a home, school or workplace.
- BI TotalAccess®, software that allows officers to manage offender profiles and schedules directly through a password‐protected Web site.
- BI GuardCenter®, BI’s 24/7 national monitoring center that supports agency staff as needed.
About BI Incorporated (www.bi.com)
Established in 1978, BI Incorporated is the leading technology, treatment and supervision company in community corrections today. BI contracts with approximately 900 governmental agencies nationwide, supporting them with a full continuum of intensive supervision technologies and community-based cognitive behavioral reentry programs for adult and juvenile offenders. BI’s ISO 9001:2008 certified national monitoring center, owned and operated by BI, provides 24/7 expert support supervision services exclusively for governmental agencies. BI works closely with local public corrections officials to cost effectively reduce recidivism, promote public safety, and strengthen the communities it serves using evidence-based practices in a community setting.