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Case Studies

  • EM in Louisville, Kentucky: Louisville Metro Corrections has used electronic monitoring for many years. They moved from radio frequency to mainly GPS in 2013. Unlike most jurisdictions, the Louisville Metro authorities produce an annual fact sheet which includes EM numbers and the average length of stay for a person on EM. Surprisingly, their EM numbers have remained fairly consistent between 2013 and the present. However, their stats do not differentiate between people who are on pretrial EM and those who are serving a sentence on EM.1 They also fail to provide a racial breakdown of that population or any data on people returned to jail for EM rule violations.2
  • EM en Louisville, Kentucky: El área metropolitana de Louisville ha utilizado el monitoreo electrónico por muchos años. Cambiaron de un sistema de frecuencia radial a uno de navegador satelital (GPS, por sus siglas en inglés) en 2013.


EM and the Law

During the COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020 authorities in Louisville used electronic monitors for people who allegedly violated the stay at home restrictions. Corrections officers were tasked with distributing GPS trackers to people who left their house without approval. Police were arguing that this subjected police to COVID-19 when they went to put the monitors on the people.

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Data collected post-Covid-19