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Pennsylvania

Post-prison The case of Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, who was ordered to wear an ankle monitor after a judge said he violated his parole, drew lots of attention to the abuses of mass supervision and e-carceration. Philly activist J. Jondhi Harrell spoke at a rally in Philly for Meek Mill in June 2018 when 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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Florida

Post-prison Florida has some of the strictest electronic monitoring laws for individuals with sex-related convictions. In 2015 there were more than 3,000 people with sexually based offenses on monitors, with an average time on the monitor of about five years. Florida was the first state to impose lifetime GPS for people with certain categories of …

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Ohio

Post-release A 2018 state taskforce report concluded that “limited evidence” exists to support that expansion of electronic monitoring would reduce crime or recidivism. The report did suggest that EM could assist investigators in identifying who committed a crime after it took place, but noted that “the costs associated with developing and operating such an initiative …

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Alabama

Post-prison In 2018 the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls held a national conference in Montgomery, Alabama. This national body, led by their Executive Director, Andrea James, has consistently taken a strong position against the use of electronic monitoring.

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Michigan

Parole Michigan has lifetime GPS for certain categories of sexually based offenses with no review process to get off monitoring. Those on lifetime GPS must pay a monthly fee. Failure to pay that fee is a felony punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000. In 2020 the …

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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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