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Maryland

Pretrial/Companies In 2017 the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that people could not be held in jail because they can’t afford bail. However, part of the criminal legal system’s response was to put people on electronic monitoring with high fees. This had similar effects to imposing cash bail in the first place, a way of …

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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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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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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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Indiana

Pre-Trial Marion County (where Indianapolis is located) has the highest levels of pretrial electronic monitoring usage in the U.S.Between 2017-19 Indianapolis had more than 8,300 people on pretrial monitors and 14,300 on post-trial monitors. By early 2020 more than 4,000 people were on a monitor at any given moment. Individuals paid a $50 set-up fee …

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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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