How Do House Arrest Ankle Bracelets Work

It’s no mystery that overcrowding and inmate warehousing are major concerns. That’s why in many jurisdictions throughout the United States, individuals who have been charged with minor crimes are often sentenced to house arrest in lieu of keeping them in custody. For those who are placed under house arrest, many are required to wear an ankle monitor. Also known as a tether, GPS ankle monitor, or house arrest bracelet, these devices work to monitor an individual’s location.

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Different Types of House Arrest Ankle Monitors

Not all ankle monitors are created equal, with some using wifi, GPS, or a combination of the two. The most common type of ankle monitoring bracelet is a GPS cellular transmitter combination. With this type of ankle monitor, the unit is completely self-contained and uses a cellular signal to triangulate its position and to communicate with the base computers.

Other types of ankle monitors use wifi to networks to communicate signals while some solely rely on GPS satellite data, as this can determine an individual’s position within a few feet for greater accuracy.

How Parole Ankle Monitors Work

Ankle monitors work at timed intervals, sending a signal containing an individual’s location and other information (time, etc.) to a receiver. In many instances, a range can be set by a judge or probation or parole officer, which determines how far an individual can move around. If an individual moves outside of the range, the ankle monitor transmits a signal to the appointed officer.

Ankle monitors are designed to be tamper-resistant and will alert authorities if an attempt to remove the device is made. If an individual is not at the location he or she is supposed to be at (whether home, work or a prescribed route to and from), an alert message is sent to the service center, then relayed to the probation or parole officer.

Ankle Monitor Rules & Restrictions

For individuals who are ordered to wear an ankle monitor, it is important they fully understand how to use the monitor, as well as the requirements and rules regarding their monitor. While requirements and rules vary on a case by case basis, some may include the following:

  • The individual must keep a job
  • The individual must say in compliance with all conditions of supervision
  • The individual must pay all of his or her court fees
  • The individual must meet with his or her probation or parole officer at scheduled times
  • The individual must abstain from drugs and alcohol

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