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 to jail and set his bond at $100,000. The Arizona Court of Appeals overruled this judgment. The state attorney general also weighed in on the issue, saying state law does not give courts the power to force defendants to pay for mandatory pretrial electronic monitoring.