Morgan County earns Indiana’s top onsite audit score for community corrections agencies
July 19, 2013
Contact: Monica Hook, BI Incorporated,
Morgan County Community Corrections, a BI Incorporated customer since 1995, recently received the state’s top audit score for community corrections agencies. The DOC announced the results after an intensive onsite audit of each of the state’s county community corrections departments, something the DOC just implemented and will conduct annually.
Morgan County Community Corrections received 96 out of 100 points on the state review of six areas. The county manages a diverse range of programs designed to meet the risks and needs of a range of offenders. One of its options includes electronic monitoring, and BI has supplied the county a mix of electronic monitoring equipment and services, including:
• BI ExacuTrack® One and BI ExacuTrack, systems that monitor an offender’s location using GPS tracking data and other location positioning technologies. These devices logs accurate data about an offender’s movement as they move about the community, including areas deemed “inclusion” or “exclusion” zones where offenders may or may not travel.
• BI HomeGuard® 200 and HomeGuard 206, electronic monitoring systems that monitor whether offenders are following conditions of release, including curfews and schedules as they live in the community.
• BI TAD®, a device that continuously monitors for alcohol consumption through a noninvasive skin sensor worn on an offender’s ankle.
• BI TotalAccess®, a secure website that allows supervising officers to directly access and update offender data and schedules and manage alerts.
• BI Monitoring Operations, BI’s 24/7 national monitoring center, which offers technical and customer support.
This is an important audit for Morgan County as state funding is tied to performance. The audit looks closely at evidence-based programs and practices, including offender programs and activities that are researched and proven to achieve positive results.
The electronic monitoring program is one element of the community corrections department’s overall structure, and it is used to help probation officers monitor certain offenders more closely – different technologies meet different offender risks and needs – as well as a sanction for offenders who may have violated conditions of release.
Most recently, local judges have requested ExacuTrack One be used for child support offenders. By using this GPS tracking system, judges plan to match an individual’s movement in the community with their log to work or maintain employment and provide child support.
About BI Incorporated (www.bi.com)
Established in 1978, BI Incorporated is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The GEO Group (NYSE: GEO), a global leader in the delivery of correctional, detention, and residential treatment services to federal, state, and local government agencies. BI provides a full continuum of offender monitoring technologies and community reentry services for parolees, probationers, pretrial defendants and illegal aliens involved in the U.S. immigration court process. BI also owns and operates an ISO-certified national monitoring center, providing 24/7 expert support supervision services exclusively to governmental agencies. BI works closely with corrections officials to cost effectively reduce recidivism, promote public safety, and strengthen the communities they serve.