People wearing an ankle monitor has more than doubled from 2005 to 2015, says the latest data available. Owing to technological advances, the use of ankle monitors continues to gain popularity. They appear to be a creative way for defendants to be with the family who may otherwise in jail. Every state in the U.S. uses ankle bracelets to track the activities of offenders awaiting trial or currently on parole or probation.
About Ankle Bracelets Monitoring
Ankle bracelets or tethers monitor people by using either RF technology or GPS technology. RF devices monitor the movements of offenders from a particular location usually his or her home. The device can be set to detect a bracelet within a range of 50 to 150 feet. RF monitoring is mostly for those under house arrest or under a curfew. GPS ankle bracelets monitor offenders in real time and report the information to authorities. If the wearer enters a pre-determined exclusion zone, the bracelets alert the supervising agency. Also, GPS monitors detect a wearer’s speed of travel and what length of time does that person stops at a location.
The legal system states that because these technologies depend on GPS technology, radio frequency, and cell service, notices sent by the system usually take 5 to 10 minutes based on the type of technology, reporting establishes and issues such as the accessibility of cell towers or interruptions in service.
7 Things About Ankle Monitoring You May Not Know in Fulton County:
- Paying for the Monitor
People not only live with round-the-clock surveillance but also pay for the privilege. Fees range from $5 to $25 a day and missing a payment could send you back to prison.
- Monitors can be Comfortable
The ankle bracelet may cause skin irritations to some people. However, many states have made it a crime to remove them. In Georgia, doing so can cost you up to five years in jail.
- Lifetime Tracking
Many states require lifetime GPS for people found guilty of certain crimes.
- Problems at Medical Services
Some medical practices such as MRIs, mammograms, X-rays and CT scans cannot be done while a person is wearing an ankle monitor. Most states do not have a clear policy for removing the monitor in case of emergency.
- Miscellaneous Costs
Many states require a landline phone for their monitors which can add an extra cost to the person wearing it. There will also be a cost to the wearer if they lose or damage the tracking component of the device.
- Loss of Signal
The device must stay in constant contact with authorities to avoid breaking the rules. Most devices need to be plugged in daily which they often fail, forcing defendants to either return home or plug them into a wall outlet in a public place. A power outage can cause the battery to lose connection and may land the offender in jail.
- Who Owns your Tracking Data?
Many people wearing the ankle bracelets do not know where all the tracking data goes and who has access to it.
Call AA Professional Bail Bonding now to understand every aspect of how these ankle monitors are used to avoid any violations.