Electronically Monitored House Arrest (EMHA/GPS Supervision)
The Miami County Municipal Court applies the use of electronic supervision and monitoring technology for community control when appropriate as an alternative to incarceration. Incarcerated inside the home, the defendant is not permitted to leave except for prior approval of a verifiable schedule for work or counseling.
With GPS tracking, the use of ankle-mounted transmitter, a lightweight tamper-resistant portable GPS tracking unit, a base station at home and a secure Web interface. With GPS technology, probation officers directly access and manage offender detailed movement 24 hours a day / 365 days a year via a secure web portal.
Offender schedules are customizable within the software and include "exclusion" or "inclusion" zones - locations for which the offender is not allowed to enter, or specific areas in which they must always remain. Movements can be tracked offering an incredible bird's eye view of the offender's movements.
Defendants released on EMHA/GPS receive one day jail credit for each day successfully completed on the program. This program fits very nicely when the defendant has stable employment and released to the community with a work schedule allowing the defendant to continue working and still complete their sentence of the court.
With the use of GPS technology, the probation officer can monitor the exact movements of the offender to assure compliance. This same technology also allows the defendant to attend scheduled counseling for drug or alcohol addiction assisting the defendant in rehabilitation and behavior change.
Defendants are required to attend weekly meetings with a probation officer and only permitted to leave the inside of the home for scheduled work and counseling times. To assure compliance probation staff conduct surprise home visits to collect screens and administer breathalyzer tests. Terms and conditions of probation do not permit the use of any drugs or alcohol unless prescribed by physician.
The cost of EMHA/GPS is seventy dollars per week with an initial hook-up fee of eighty-five dollars, paid by the defendant.
Average number of Participants: 20