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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/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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Alabama

Post-prison/Resistance 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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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/Post-Prison In 2018 eight …

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Missouri

Pretrial Ariana, who was on a pretrial electronic monitor in St. Louis, describes how the monitor disrupted her life, and how The Bail Project, a national organization dedicated to ending cash bail, raised money to pay her bond and supported her when she was released. Pretrial Eastern Missouri Alternative Sentencing Program (EMASS) has been contracted …

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Colorado

Companies/Immigration 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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