- 21st century slavery:Jean-Pierre Shackelford describes almost three years on EM as “21st century slavery.”
A 2018 state taskforce report concluded that “limited evidence” exists to support that expansion of electronic monitoring would reduce crime or recidivism. The report did suggest that EM could assist investigators in identifying who committed a crime after it took place, but noted that “the costs associated with developing and operating such an initiative would be substantial and recurring.”
In 2018 RuEl Sailor was released from a high security prison after serving 15 years in Ohio for a murder he did not commit. Unfortunately, Ohio law stated that anyone released from a high security prison had to be placed on a GPS monitor. Even though his conviction was overturned, the Department of Corrections still made him wear a GPS monitor for several months. Sailor said the rule violated the basic rights of those who are released, especially those like him who were wrongly convicted.
In 2014 the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio issued perhaps the most draconian set of rules for electronic monitoring yet produced. This 52-page document spelled out the punitive measures for people on EM in that district in great detail. One of the policies only allowed a person out of the house to do shopping or laundry if there was no one else in the house who could perform those tasks. Another rule only allowed the person on the monitor to spend time with family on two holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. They were allowed to spend two hours with family on each of those days.