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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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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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New York

Pretrial/EM and the Law 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

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 Legislation-Georgia law states that …

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Tennessee

Companies 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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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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Wisconsin

Videos This video shows a 2014 mobilization of activists and faith-based organizations in Milwaukee who targeted GPS monitoring and parole revocations. This may be the earliest statewide protest against EM in the U.S. James Morgan speaks about being repeatedly sent back to prison for allegedly violating EM rules. EM and the Law In 2018 eight …

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Arizona

Pretrial/EM and the Law In May 2019, Robert Hiskett was released from jail on an electronic monitor while he awaited trial. When the EM authorities told him he had to pay $400 a month in fees for the monitor, he told the court he could not afford the payment. Judge Rick Lambert sent him back …

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Washington

EM and the Law Min Sik Kim shot and killed a man who tried to rob his convenience store in 2016. While he was awaiting trial, Kim spent 450 days on an electronic monitor. He eventually pleaded guilt to second degree murder and received a sentence of 8.5 years. The court gave him no credit …

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