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Home detention agreement approved by the County

Lake County’s Board of Commissioners recently approved a home detention agreement with Advanced Monitoring Professionals, LLC, during their Tuesday, March 25, work session.

The agreement provides for ankle bracelet technology for Lake County Community Justice supervised clientele, as described in agenda packet paperwork, a means of “alternative sanctions.”

Another example of a potential use would be the release of a Lake County Jail inmate as deemed necessary by law enforcement officials.  The total cost for the agreement is $10,500, which encompasses both juvenile and adult community justice services.

Kevin Kriz provided a presentation on behalf of Advanced Monitoring Professionals, LLC, detailing to the commissioners the technological capabilities of the ankle bracelet monitors. Utilizing GPS technology, the firm is capable of monitoring the wearers 24 hours a day,  seven days a week.  In addition, they monitor the local community justice agency immediately upon a violation being tracked.

The technology is capable of tracking not only location by geographic area, but details right down to the speed of the wearer.  Exclusion zones may be programmed in on the basis of the nature of the monitored individual’s sentencing.  An example would be local bar establishments for one issued a ‘no alcohol’ condition.

Other examples would be areas highly frequented or populated by children, in the event of a case involving a sex offender, or monitoring an individual with a restraining order.

Kriz said that it would be up to police to determine if a case of incidental contact happened to occur between a stalker and his/her victim.

If the wearer enters an exclusion zone, the Advanced Monitoring Systems firm is immediately notified, who then contacts Lake County Community Justice, Kriz said.

The bracelets are capable of monitoring alcohol compliance as well as that of an ordered curfew, he said.  Monitoring transdermal alcohol content (TAC) levels versus BAC levels, this is a means of circumventing the issue of offenders beating the random breathalyzer tests by drinking around the schedule.

Kriz’s presentation illustrated that most offenders can avoid getting caught through strategizing their drinking times, and this technology prevents that from happening by taking an air sample reading that detects the presence of alcohol.

“The good thing for me on this bracelet is I never have to make the call on whether this person was drinking or not,” Kriz said.

Data tracking can also indicate if the wearer has attempted to tamper with the ankle bracelet, which would constitute a corrections program failure by the offender, Kriz said.  Described as water resistant and not waterproof, complete submersion of the bracelet would be reported back to the Advanced Monitoring Systems base station as a ‘tampering’ event, Kriz said.

Included in the presentation was data collected by a demonstration of the system’s capabilities, with Commissioner Dan Shoun serving as a willing volunteer.  The mapping technology reflected his path of travel and driving speed in his travels home to Paisley one evening.

Lake County Community Justice Dir. Jake Greer noted that his agency would have local access to monitoring data, but back-up data will also be available and stored at the firm’s base station.

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