Electronic Monitoring is a tool used for home arrest. Detainees wear a transmitter on their ankle, which sends information to a receiver installed in their residence. The receiver is plugged into a standard electrical outlet and into the telephone line. This device monitors the detainee twenty four hours a day. The receiver reports when the detainee enters the residence, leaves the residence, or tampers with the equipment. The receiver calls a host computer system at the monitoring agency at random times every few hours to report status.
Electronic monitoring provides an alternative to incarceration. Detainees are placed back into the community and monitored on a daily basis. Electronic Monitoring gives the detainee a chance to keep his or her job in the community, while being continually monitored to ensure compliance with the terms of their sentence.
A Judge must first release detainees by court order. Then, the detainee must meet the requirements of the program. They are as follows:
- The detainee must reside in Chaves County, in a residence that has private telephone and electric service that is operable at all times. They may not live in a facility that has telephone service through a switchboard.
- The telephone service must be a basic line only. It may not have call- forwarding, call-waiting, caller id, call rejection, voice mail, or a toll free privacy block. The line may not have a computer modem, a fax machine or answering machine connected.
- The detainee must be gainfully employed, a full time student, or be in the process of seeking employment. The only exception to this is if the detainee is disabled and/or receiving government assistance.
- The detainee’s current and past criminal history will be taken into consideration in order to determine eligibility.
All detainees are subject to random drug and alcohol testing and may be revoked from the program for a positive test result.
Any violations of the contract by the detainee will cause staff to take disciplinary action and/or revoke participation from the program. If violated, the detainee will then be picked up and taken to the Chaves County Detention Center for re-booking and incarceration.
The sentencing Court will be notified of detainee’s revocation from the program. The sentencing Court may then choose to let the detainee finish the remainder of his/her sentence incarcerated, or may add to their time for violating the conditions of release.
The Electronic monitoring bracelet costs $10.00 per day. There is one time administrative fee of $25.00. There is an initial drug testing fee of $5.00.
Initial setup fees must be paid in advance. Program fees must be paid one week in advance.
Some additional options, which may be ordered by the Court, include GPS tracking, which costs $12.00 per day, and the Sobrietor, which monitors alcohol use, at an additional $3.00 per day.