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Massachusetts

Post-Prison Massachusetts has highest rate of EM for people on parole EM and the Law/Pretrial In Commonwealth v. Norman, the court held that pretrial imposition of GPS monitoring was unreasonable for a defendant released under the general bail statute. Post-prison Jorge Renaud completed 17 years of a 60-year sentence in Texas before being paroled in …

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Maine

EM and the Law For years the state of Maine has had extensive debates and studies over the issue of electronic monitoring. While much of this has focused on the issue of the use of electronic monitoring in domestic violence cases, in recent years the focus has shifted to pretrial justice and the use of …

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North Carolina

EM and the Law One of the most important legal decisions regarding EM took place in 2015: Grady v. North Carolina. The U.S. Supreme Court held that attaching a device without consent to a person’s body for the purpose of tracking that individual’s movements constitutes a search as defined under the Fourth Amendment of the …

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Virginia

Pretrial/Companies/New Technologies Shadowtrack is a cellphone app that has tracking capacities. In the wake of the pandemic many parole and probation deparments have implemented this technology both as a way of getting people out of jail and leaving behind the traditional ankle monitors. According to a report in The Guardian over 11,000 in Virginia were …

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New York

Pretrial/EM and the Law/Companies Although New York City historically has not used pretrial electronic monitoring, there is concern that changes in bail legislation in 2019 would open the door to the spread of EM in New York City and other parts of the state. However, the new legislation contained a clause mandating that any monitoring …

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Georgia

Pretrial/Resistance Every year on Mother’s Day, the National Bail Out pays to get Black Mamas out of jail. One of their biggest programs is in Atlanta, but the organization is active in more than a dozen sites across the country. The collective has maintained strong opposition to pretrial electronic monitoring. Pretrial/EM and the Law Legislation-Georgia …

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Tennessee

Companies/Pretrial In 2019 Tennessee Recovery & Monitoring (TRM) turned off the ankle monitors of 20 clients, claiming the individuals owed them fees totaling $31,000. According to EM program regulations, if people fall behind on payments, the company is supposed to have them surrendered to the court, which would then decide what to do with them. …

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Kentucky

EM and the Law During the COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020 authorities in Louisville used electronic monitors for people who allegedly violated the stay at home restrictions. Corrections officers were tasked with distributing GPS trackers to people who left their house without approval. Police were arguing that this subjected police to COVID-19 when they went to …

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Illinois

Videos-Post Prison Darrell Cannon, Chris Harrison, who both spent time on EM after long spells in Illinois prisons, and Annette Taylor, who had several family members on EM, tell their stories here. Videos-Pretrial The Coalition to End Money Bond and the Chicago Community Bond Fund have produced a number of videos where many people, including …

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