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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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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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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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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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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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Colorado

Companies Boulder is the headquarters of BI Incorporated, the largest producer of electronic monitors in the U.S. Since 2004, BI has contracted with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to put GPS monitors on immigrants. From 2010-19, those contracts brought in $670 million for the company. BI is owned by The GEO Group, the world’s …

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California

EM and the Law In 2018 four men filed suit in Alameda County against EM company LCA claiming that excessive user fees amounted to extortion. Eachof the men had a dire personal situation, making payment of the $25 a day EM fees nearly impossible. One plaintiff, Robert Jackson, was serving 120 days in the county …

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