One of the conditions that some people on probation and parole have is that they must have some type of monitoring. This is done to keep track of the person to ensure that they are where they should be and not going out in other areas. There are a few different types of monitoring that might be used.
Many probationers and parolees are placed on a global positioning system (GPS) monitor. This can track the person in real time and gives an accurate location for the person. The court might order this if it thinks a person might be a flight risk.
Another type of monitoring is voice recognition. In this system, the person who is following the community corrections program will receive random phone calls to ensure that they are at a place where the supervision officer can locate them. Oftentimes, this is used to verify that a person is complying with curfew or house arrest.
Finally, a person might be placed on a radio frequency monitor. This is commonly known as the ankle monitor method. The monitor is attached to the body and isn’t removed until the person doesn’t need to be monitored any longer. It alerts the probation officer to anomalies in the person’s schedule, such as leaving very early for work or coming home very late. As long as the person is within the accepted range for the monitor, there isn’t a report compiled.
All people on these programs should make sure they know their responsibilities. Any slip-ups can land them in front of a judge with a parole or probation violation. These can have stiff penalties so be sure you adequately prepare if you are facing one.