Implementing a GPS tracking program
In seeking solutions for the high costs of incarceration, many correctional agencies are looking into offender monitoring systems, and particularly systems that included the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology.
GPS technology has steadily improved over the years and is now considered to be the highest level of offender monitoring, becoming smaller, more precise and more flexible in matching the risk profiles of a wide range of offender classifications.
But there are numerous factors an agency should consider before implementing a GPS tracking program. For optimal implementation, agencies need to establish a set of policies and procedures that complement the technology and monitoring support provided by the vendor. These policies and procedures include establishing clear lines of communication as well as a protocol for responding to alerts produced by the GPS technology and clear sanctions when non-compliance is reported.
Jock Waldo, vice president of marketing and monitoring operations at BI Incorporated, addresses the why, who and what to consider in implementing a GPS tracking program in the latest issue of the Journal of Offender Monitoring, published by the Civic Research Institute.
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