Electronic monitoring devices spotlighted in recent series
The history of electronic monitoring devices was recently highlighted in a series by National Public Radio.
Invented by twin brothers in the 1960s as a way to positively reinforce offenders showing up to designated meetings on time, electronic monitoring has grown to become a cost-effective way to reduce jail populations and keep the high costs of incarceration in check while also adding additional accountability for schedules, curfews and locations (in the case of GPS tracking) while living in the community.
As a corrections official suggests in the article, electronic monitoring works because it allows offenders access to their communities, where they can maintain jobs and a home life, both of which are important in combatting criminal behavior.
Alcohol monitoring, like the SOBERLINK SL2 and SLBLUE, can also detect, better than ever, when an offender has violated court-ordered sobriety. As studies have shown, being under the influence of alcohol is a major factor in committing crime.
Alcohol monitoring technology helps officials enforce compliance to sobriety by being able to detect a participant’s alcohol level with easy-to-use handheld devices like the SL2 and SLBLUE that provide accurate samples daily to monitoring officers.
Monitoring technology has also evolved to offer active and detailed GPS tracking information, like the BI ExacuTrack® One, a one-piece GPS system that accurately tracks the movements of participants, allowing officers to know when a participant has entered a restricted zone or has tampered with their ankle-mounted device.
BI is often known as the pioneer of the industry, first entering the field in the 1980s. While, electronic monitoring devices have come a long way, we’re excited at BI to see where they’ll go and to provide cutting edge monitoring technology.
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