gps system considered as alternative to incarceration
A GPS-based system that tracks the movements of first-time offenders released on probation has been suggested as an alternative to incarceration and has even won the approval of the American Civil Liberties Union, according to Wired.
The two-part device made by a company called Veridian records the offender's location once per minute. At night, the wearer places the device in a docking port that recharges the battery and uploads the wearer's movement to a database. The wearer's locations are then checked against any crimes that occurred that day; if the wearer was found to be in the vicinity of a reported crime, police are notfied via email. A locked ankle bracelet sounds an alarm to local authorities if the GPS receiver is removed more than 120 feet from the offender.
"The real goal here is behavior modification," said Gary Yates, the company's director of advanced public safety programs. "This tool removes the opportunity and anonymity of crime."
Seminole County in Florida is using VeriTracks to monitor pre-trial suspects, and the offenders are required to pay the $6-a-day service fee themselves as a condition of their bond, said Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger.
"It's either wear the GPS device or go to jail," Eslinger said. "Most of them find this much more advantageous than sitting in a cold jail cell, and it also saves us between $45 and $55 a day."