If the court has mandated that you wear an ankle monitor for any reason, you may be wondering what they are and how they work. Here are a few answers to questions you may be asking.
What Is an Ankle Monitor?
An ankle monitor functions as a supervision tool utilized in the criminal justice system. The monitor sends a radio frequency signal tracking location and other information to a receiver about those under house arrest. It transmits a coded signal to a monitoring unit that can ascertain if the wearer attempts to remove, tamper, alter or damage the ankle bracelet, as well as when the wearer enters or exits the home residence. If the wearer tries to tamper with the monitor or exit the residence, the technology notifies the police immediately.
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History of the Ankle Monitor
In the 1960s, a small group of researchers at Harvard University developed electronic monitoring. The first judicially sanctioned program using monitoring devices occurred in 1983, by Judge Jack Love of Albuquerque, N.M. Shortly thereafter, several other states initiated similar programs. In 2006, an estimated 130,000 units were utilized in the U.S.
The Alcohol Detecting Ankle Bracelet (SCRAM)
A SCRAM bracelet (“Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring”) is a water-resistant ankle bracelet that can be worn on either leg. It is used to detect any alcohol consumption via transdermal measurements throughout the day. The bracelet comes equipped with anti-tamper features to prevent any attempts to block the device from contacting the host’s skin.
Effectiveness of the Ankle Monitor
It is unclear if the ankle monitor is effective to reduce and deter crime. However, it appears from a study conducted over a three-year-period that using electronic monitoring as a method of crime deterrence is as effective as any other prison diversion program.
Potential Civil Rights Concerns
In this day and age, the GPS ankle bracelets have replaced the original devices. The most advanced technological updates are likened to the same features as a smartphone, including being able to directly communicate with the wearer. This could potentially allow officers or other state officials to listen to personal conversations between you and your family; or, more importantly, between you and your attorney.
Call Laporte, Mulligan & Werner-Watkins for Legal Help
If you are unsure about what’s involved when it comes to ankle monitors, contact the attorneys at Laporte, Mulligan & Werner-Watkins, P.A. Our team will focus on your case, navigate you through any uncertainties and help you determine the best option for you. To learn more about how our experienced attorneys can help you fight for the justice you deserve, call us today.