Key Highlight: Massachusetts has the highest rate of EM for people on parole

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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.


Jorge Renaud completed 17 years of a 60-year sentence in Texas before being paroled in 2008. Over the next ten years he worked, got a master’s degree, and wrote legislation for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. He was never on a monitor. When he landed a job in Massachusetts in 2018, the Department of Corrections put him on house arrest with an ankle monitor, making it difficult to carry on with his daily life. Finally, after six months they cut the monitor off.

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