March 08, 2004
GPS Monitoring Of Criminals Increasing

Florida legislators are proposing to extend the use of wearable GPS monitoring devices for not only high risk parolees but also high risk suspects out on bail awaiting trial.

TALLAHASSEE - Evoking the slaying of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia, Florida law enforcement officials descended on the state Capitol Wednesday to urge key lawmakers to invest $35-million next year to keep minute-by-minute track of thousands of paroled criminals.

Pitched as the next technological revolution in crime-fighting and already up and running in four Florida counties including Pinellas and Citrus, the VeriTracks system uses global positioning technology to track criminals released from jail or prison. It then cross-references those locations nightly with criminal activity.

Note that many of these systems are not doing real-time reporting of location. The device constantly records where the wearer is at. But it has to be downloaded at the end of a day to find where the parolee has been. This delayed reporting is a lot cheaper because systems that use real-time tracking have to do frequent transmissions of information via automated cellular messaging. However, more expensive models support real-time reporting of locations of wearers as they move around throughout the day and night. More on that below.

Florida already uses a mix of "active" or real-time reporting devices and "passive" or delayed end-of-day download devices.

Florida has been one of the most aggressive states in using satellite technology to track criminals. The Department of Corrections uses "active" GPS for about 400 probationers, mostly sex offenders and people who've committed violent crimes. About another 150 are monitored with "passive" GPS which checks offenders whereabouts less often.

The main company that provides the tracking system, Pro Tech, is based in Florida. Its system is used in 33 states.

Pro Tech's web site points out that there are millions of criminal offenders who are potential wearers of these devices.

On any given day, 5 million offenders in the U.S. are either on probation, parole or some other form of community supervision. These same offenders account for 33% of violent crimes. These staggering statistics led to the founding of Pro Tech Monitoring, Inc. and the creation of SMART® System Technology.

Pro Tech has a real-time versionof their monitoring system that uses wireless to send signals to report real-time movements of wearers.

The key components of the SMART® Active Tracking System are a Portable Tracking Device (PTD), ankle bracelet, charging stand, and GPS satellites.

Offenders are fitted with a tamper-resistant ankle bracelet and assigned a PTD to keep near them at all times. The ankle bracelet acts as an "electronic tether" which transmits signals to the PTD.

The PTD uses GPS signals and a wireless network to locate and report an offender's every move. The PTD monitors the signal strength of the GPS satellites to ensure accurate location information and incorporates a motion detector to monitor movement in areas of insufficient GPS signal strength. Pro Tech's Offender Tracking Center (OTC) monitors this information. The PTD is equipped with an LCD, used to notify the offender of violations and for sending text messages from the agency. This patented communication capability has demonstrated it's effectiveness in modifying offender behavior and reducing recidivism.

Authorities can even create multiple Inclusion and Exclusion zones, and be notified by fax, pager or email whenever a zone violation occurs.

Note the use of Inclusion and Exclusion zones. Depending on the implemention the real-time reporting devices can utilize this capability to reduce the cost of reporting because the wireless reporting method can be used to do real-time reports only when a criminal enters a forbidden zone or is moving around in a forbidden zone.

Minnesota is also using the Pro Tech Monitoring devices.

On average, offenders will use the devices for six months. The technology will cost the Corrections Department $175,000 to $200,000 a year based on the annual release of about 45 Level 3 offenders. The daily cost of about $17 for the technology and vendor expenses is in addition to the $20 daily expense for monitoring offenders on intensive supervision.

Another supplier of this type of equipment, iSecureTrac, is selling to a number of jurisdictions around the United Sates including jurisdictions in Florida and Mississippi.

Court Programs will place tracNET24 units on a wide range of offenders including deadbeat dads, juveniles, domestic violence and misdemeanor cases, and those on pre-trial release for felonies. By adopting tracNET24, Court Programs is providing Mississippi and Florida with the most advanced offender tracking available. The device allows authorities to monitor, via a satellite system, the whereabouts of offenders who are outfitted with small 12-ounce personal tracking units (PTU). A PTU receives signals from the Department of Defense's GPS satellite system and after the PTU is docked for charging, the PTU downloads the offenders' movements into a database accessed by correction officials. In addition, authorities may program exclusion areas, places where the presence of an offender is prohibited; such as certain residences, schools, and child care facilities. tracNET24 gives authorities verifiable records of where offenders have been, 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

The more expensive iSecureTrac model is also capable of real-time reporting of violations of exclusion zones.

Currently only law enforcement agencies and the companies that sell these devices have access to the position data that is collected. However, if public demands ever arose for wider access this could easily be done with current technology. Imagine, for instance, the ability of, for instance, a battered women to get a beeper that would notify her in real-time when her ex-husband was too close to her current location. She would need to wear a similar device (unless at home or some other fixed location) that would report where she was so that the central database could compare that to the location of some guy who is a threat to her.

There are a lot of other possible uses of this technology. Schools could get real-time reports of convicted pedophiles in their vicinity. Also, night clubs could be notified when a convicted rapist enters their premises or shopping mall security could be notified to watch someone in a parking lot..

The key to using real-time data to allow people to avoid criminals is that a person's location must be compared to another person's location. That requires a huge of real-time messaging of the location of both criminals and of the far larger population non-criminals in order to do the comparison. However, one way around that problem would be to add to a criminal's worn device a transmitter that is constantly broadcasting his location with a low power radio transmitter over a distance of, say, a half mile. Then anyone in the larger population could just use a radio receiver coupled to an embedded computer to notify that a criminal is nearby. Buildings could contain such receivers and building security could be alerted automatically when known criminals are nearby. The notifications could be filtered by types of previous convictions or other characteristics.

The ability to track the locations of people has a lot of other applications of course. As the tracking devices become smaller and cheaper expect to see parents putting them in their children both to protect their children from kidnapping and also simply to find out what trouble the kids are getting themselves into.

Another possible interesting application would be to manage affinity groups. Imagine a traveller who is cruising down a road trying to decide which night club to try out. If people registered with an affinity tracking service then a traveller could choose a club or restaurant whose currently present patrons fit some desired demographic profile. One obvious problem with such a service is that just because one person likes a particular type of person doesn't mean that most who fit a desired profile will like that person in return. Look at celebrities for example. They are loved by all sorts of people who the celebrities would very much like to avoid. So a service would need to develop eligibility criteria that require matching of preferences in both directions before that person driving down the street would get a flashing light on their car LCD pointing them to a particular bar or night club.

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Comments
Dan Van Zile said at March 8, 2004 5:30 PM:

Seems rather "bing brotherish" to me. Dan

Blueshift said at March 9, 2004 2:09 AM:

I do like your idea about streaming the content of such monitoring to every citizen. I do not like the thought of government exclusivity to information of this type. Public disclosure and transparency of the information are needed to keep this from becoming Big Brother.

DeAnna Johnson said at October 5, 2004 8:47 PM:

My fiance' is sitting in jail because of too many braclet gone messages to his box. The Pro-tech company have been to our home many times to change out the braclet. Then recently change out the box. The Gps system does not work well under medal buildings. However my fiance goes to work, which he is on camera at all times. Then he comes straight home. Well here in clearwater,florida the dept. of corrections had my fiance arrested or too many braclet gones. So the Gps is not working properly, and he is on probation for 15 years at age 23 now, and I am pregnant, and because I had to pay for a lawyer and their is a BIG chance my fiance will go to jail for 13 years. Because according to Gps system that can not see my fiance on the computer then that is an automatic violation and a no tolerant oridance. I may not have a father for the baby for the next 13 years because I am pregnant and stressed out!!!!!VERY UPSET IN CLEARWATER FLORIDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sarah said at November 17, 2004 1:04 PM:

This system is definately a future device that will be used by the government to track all citizens. This device will become an implant into the forehead or right hand, clearly a part of the Mark of the beast talk about in scriptures

kellie said at January 31, 2005 7:43 AM:

have you any documentation on victims of such device, that a citizen can be privy to.I am not a prisoner, and I am not affiliated with the correctional services in any way, and have not given consent to any such, to have this surveillance mantained. I have not been accused of anything.( I am a born quebecer/canadian.)

My request for this data is to support the possiblity that I have been a victim of this criminal act. It is without social, political, nor personal reason that this criminal surveillance be maintained, and I am not getting the public support I need to have this checked, confirend, and removed. (I do not have the financial means to just pay for a trace etc..)I also feel that those I have asked for help to confirm, check, for this possible chip; seem to be influenced by slander, and remain hostile, always mentioning their ambivalence that such an error could be possible in canada.

Thank you

Kellie

Robyn said at June 29, 2005 7:32 PM:

I am presently on a GPS system and it sucks. I am not allowed to go out my front door. I can't do things i want to do cause the justice system is to damn slow. So far it has been 3 months having this big black thing attached to my ankle. Not a single person letting me know whats going on. I have no clue when this thing is coming off. if anybody knows anything about the laws on this thing Please i am begging you. Please contact me.

Chris said at August 9, 2005 9:44 AM:

Dan: I met "Bing" Brother at a golf tournament a few years back. Nice guy.
Sarah: I see the tracking devices less as the mark of the beast but more like one of those yellow bracelets for charity that the kids are wearing these days. A fashion statement, and for a good cause.
DeAnna: Clarification: are you saying your fiance will go to jail for 15 years because of a faulty gps bracelet?
Kellie: I have no idea what you're talking about. Are you wearing a bracelet? Are you falsely accused of a crime? Do you want to trace someone? No one can help you if you can't explain your situation properly.
Robyn: Would you rather be in your house waiting trial or jail?
Blueshift: The only coherent post here and I agree wholeheartedly.

Cecelia said at August 9, 2005 11:07 PM:

I was wondering if there are any people who are on home arrest with Midwest Monitoring. If so, are any of you experiencing any problems with your monitor?
I am on one and it keeps saying that I missed some of my monitoring times and it has also said that I was out of range when I was not.
Also does anyone know of where to get a monitor tested other than the company that it came from, to see if there is a problem with it?

If you answer to any of these please send it to my e-mail address. cecelianikolas@msn.com
Thanks

Rene said at August 12, 2005 10:54 PM:

I am a prisoner without handcuffs. I am tracked everywhere I go and watched 24 hours a day - in my home or outside of it - in my car or walking. I have not been accused of a crime, arrested, or had charges filed against me. I wish they would do so, so that I could defend myself. Everyone deserves a fair trial. I am harassed by everyone here and followed everywhere I go, either by someone in a car or on foot. Neighbors fire guns when I go outside, simply to harass me. I'm insulted and called names. And I have not even been charged or convicted of a crime! What would they do if I had actually committed a crime? I need help in finding out who it doing this to me. Evidently everyone believes all the evil things being said about me. All of this started 10 years ago after I was in an aol chat room with a male who said he was 21 years old. I never met with him, nor made plans to meet with anyone. I am the victim here and I don't know how to escape from the hell and prison without bars that I am in. GPS is a crime against humanity and should be blown up. ode>uld appreciate any advice and help that anyone can give.

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funinthesun said at October 18, 2005 11:41 PM:

Currently, my brother is on an GPS device. I came home from work and noticed a little black box in my room. I felt very uncomfortable about this box. I had no idea what it was used for. He told me nothing on what it was, or what it was used for, so i turned to the internet. Sure enough i found out, and im a little worried. What are the ankle bracelets used for?? What type of crime?? Felony?

christa said at November 7, 2005 4:56 AM:

With the GPS monotoring device, I am curious about the distance one wearing an ankle braclet can be away from the base before an alert is issued. The reason curious is if at work want to know how far one can be from base so won't have to carry on his person all the time. Would appreciate a rely to my email address: christa.ryan3@verizon.net.

chad said at December 3, 2005 9:02 AM:

i was sentence to wearing the braclet for two months however during this two month my jobs christmas party falls 3 days before i'm to officailly have it removed
i received permission to attend the party my concern is where the party is bing held i have to go through a check point like walking through an airport check point and being searched with a wound i would like will it set it off to save me the embrassent i would like to know or should i just warn security that i have the braclet on
i would appreciate any comment anyone could provide

Maritza Torres said at January 25, 2006 2:02 PM:

I am currently on GPS monitoring in Miami, FL. I have a TERRIBLE officer who has violated me twice on technicalities. Today while I went to the bathroom AT WORK the door handle broke and I was locked in there for about 5-6 minutes. When I got back into my office my unit was beeping "bracelet gone". Does anybody know what the time limit for the "bracelet gone" violations before the issue a violation of probation??? I'm really worried since I'm due to be taken off the bracelet next week. Please e-mail me at miamiladee@yahoo.com if you know what the time limit is.

Thank you.
Maritza

pat said at April 2, 2006 8:40 PM:

i have been on the ankle monitor 4 almost 5 mos. yes it sucks but basicaly it is the only thing keeping u out of the big house.until u go to court and they decide your sentence.there is no time limit to not be at your box whene your time comes due.for example mine is 5:00,and u bet your sweet ass at 5:00 u better be at that box.or your box alerts your person who monitors u.

David said at April 20, 2006 5:42 PM:

HI. I am on the GPS system in Indiana and I was wondering if anyone could tell me why does my box go off all the time even though I am doing what I am supposed to do.. I have one of the newer models which includes a ankle braclet,a charging stand and a black box that I must carry at all times except when I am at home.. The box will go off for no reason like when I am sitting at home it will tell me to return home or when I am at home it will tell me to leave the area now... I was wondering if I have a faulty box or what.. I have been on this for about three months.. It has been like this since the day i brought it home... Please send a reply to my email adress at despurlin18@yahoo.com... Thanks alot.. Oh by the way I see it as "would you rather deal with this or sit in jail " it is really your choice because as long as you prove you are doing what you are supposed to your officer should work with you.. It is the ones that arent doing what needs to be done that are messing up..

Robert Seufert said at March 28, 2007 7:17 AM:

Ok.. My wife has to be under house arrest for 6 months,with an ankle device.. My question is what are my rights? I have not done anything,yetI must give up my telephone special services,and my ISP if its dial up,and my right to bear arms. Anyone know what I can do R S.

desrayray said at April 29, 2007 10:51 AM:

I am on a GPS system in Mesa, AZ. This morning at 3 a.m. I was awoken by a yelling pre-trial officer (I have not been convicted) saying that I was out of range between the hours of 2:13 a.m. to 2:53a.m. I went to sleep before 10:30 p.m. last night and never woke up until he showed up. I was supposed to have this removed last Tuesday because this is an extreme measure for my charges, but my pre-trial officer never sent my paperwork to the judge so we rescheduled. He now says he'll be sure to get my paperwork that he never sent over before over to the judge Monday morning saying I left my home when I was not supposed to. I swear on everything holy, I was home asleep in bed. I have been on this for 3 months now, never a violation, why on earth would I leave for 45 minutes days before I'm going to get this removed?!! This system DOES NOT work. I am innocent and I am taking this all the way to trial, except my funds are now low because this has limited my ability to work and I have made $2K in the last 3 months. I don't know what to do about my money right now, and now I cant even pick up a night job because they won't let me off. My charges are non-violent and non-sex offender. This is ridiculous to be on this before I have even had a fair trial.

Matt said at May 4, 2007 11:53 AM:

Im on this gps pro-tec device in Texas. Im trying to find out that if I can put a filter on my phome hook up that is used for dsl internet line that i have from atat. I know that we can not have any thing hooked up to the phome line, and that we are to have a basic phome line with no features. But with this filter you have no interference while using both the internet and the phone. Wondering if this has been taken into consideration. Tried calling pro tec and they will not release about thier equiptment uless I have authorization. Parole will only say dont hook it up. They are not certian. Just wanting to rid myself of two phome lines if I know this would work using the filter for dsl. Anyone who can help would be greatly appreciated.

Lyric said at November 27, 2007 6:58 PM:

Hi if any body can tell me this it will be very helpful I have only been on house arrest for 8 days and not schedule to be off until May 2008 have the GPS and the braclet just like most of everybody and have to be home by a certain time an can't leave. But while on probation/house arrest does your officer tell you what to drive and also tell you that you have to cut at least half of your work schedule like taken half of your paycheck from you say of instinct you work 60 hour but they say you can only work 30 and want you to ask your family to help you pay your bills why on house arrest for 5 or 6 months. I have seach all over the web trying to find out these answer but cant find them. And is you GPS suppose to talk are make a noise because mind don't it just stay red why I am in a car are building and green while it is in sunlight and yellow why at home but most of the time it is red if anybody can answer any of these question please get at me an in the mean time keep GOD first because I do beause remember we can be in that place. Peace

Peter13 said at March 14, 2008 11:55 PM:

I am about to be put on house arrest and was wondering how extensive the search of the house is going to be?

victoria said at August 2, 2008 11:29 AM:

I was put on house arrest yesterday, with the ankle bracelet and the unit plugged into the phone line, and today it beeped 3 or 4 times while I was in the laundry room a few feet away from the unit and said "no connection", but i was at home where I was supposed to be. The washing machine was on in the laundry room, would that interrupt the frequency? It's friday, and they're not available to answer my questions; I'm scared they're going to come haul me off to jail?!

amanda staggs said at August 20, 2008 8:11 AM:

I need to know how many times you guys have changed out someone's box because it failed. thank you for answering

Mark said at October 27, 2008 12:04 PM:

To anyone concerned with the bracelet going off when you've not left the range;

Any electronic appliances will interrupt the frequency, especially Microwave ovens. The reason for removing all 'extra' features on your phone is that they interrupt the machine(base). Of course, they didn't tell me this when i was fitted, and luckily it never went off. The worst place to install it is the Kitchen, and the center of the house is best.

QUESTION; When they say, "You are on house arrest, that means DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT INTO YOUR BACKYARD OR FRONT YARD!", Is that accurate? If you go outside on your patio, can you be violated? Can the base really tell if you are outside, if you're within range? I'm grateful to be home, but I'm a professional Chef that specializes in BBQ, so I am stuck not working in the busiest time of year for a chef, THE HOLIDAYS! Like I said, I'm grateful,.... better than 120 days in LA County Jail.

Any answers would be greatly appreciated.

email; pvgrillmaster@yahoo.com

jessica said at November 6, 2008 3:44 PM:

my fiance has an ankle monitor and is having lots of trouble finding a job. his probation officer said she has to talk to the employer and tell them what's going on and that is scaring away every possible job. money is really tight and i don't know how much longer we can live on pennies. can anyone give me some advice as to what to do? we live in tx. thanks for your help

email
tj1027@yahoo.com

E said at December 24, 2008 5:51 PM:

Can this device tell if I have a beer. 4 months on gps at home beats the hell out of my alternative 25 months in DOC. I'm greatful.

good luck everyone

-e

juju said at March 15, 2009 1:19 AM:

I am on the ProTech GPS device. I have a charging cable and that is it. I was told I have to charge twice a day, an hour each time. I found out through the website that the device has a 24hr battery, so I get away with charging it once a day. I normally charge while I am asleep because the thing takes so long to charge. I was told I am not allowed to go swimming or to submerse the unit in water. The internet says that GPS does not work in water, and the signal is refracted. I also know that there is a thin wire that runs through the strap that if cut will alert the authorities and my parole officer. This also means that I can go to a swimming pool with a pair of wire cutters, jump in the deep end of the pool (the device has to be a few feet under water to stop brodcasting location) cut the device off and walk away. I was also told that I am responsible for the unit if I do cut it off. Meaning that I would be charged with grand theft (the unit purportedly costs $1500 to taxpayers)if I do not "return" the unit to parole, granted they gave it to me and make me wear it on my person at all times. I cannot wear shorts, take baths (showers only), go swimming, wear boots, date (then I would have to explain the device. It is a bitch to say the least), or go to the mountains. I have to maintain the device, put up with the pain of the strap cutting into my skin constantly when sitting down, having the device swing around and smacking my shin on my other leg when walking, tripping on it, put up with the difficulties of taking my pants off(I have fallen 3 times now, once into my nightstand), having to change my wardrobe to accommodate the device (having to wear baggy pants so the public cannot see the device), and have to put up with the total humility of having to wear such a thing.

Your so called "Big Brother" is BS, and anyone who believes in this crap is an idiot. It is all fun and games as long as you are not the one wearing the device. It is always the ones who come up with this crap that tout and acclaim how great such technology is, then when they screw up and have to wear something like this, cry to everyone about how unfair it is. This device does not save anyone nor does it protect anyone. Anyone who believes in that false sense of security deserves whatever happens to them. This device monitors one person, not the people around that person and not the actions of that person. It does not know if you are killing someone, robbing someone, molesting someone, getting drunk, doing drugs, committing suicide, or anything else of any nature. This device can only say you are here and you went there, there , there, and there at such a such times. So to think this device does anything to protect anyone you are gravely mistaken.

GPS is merely a toy for politicains to sing praise about, get elected over, to gain credit from the rest of the sheep of society that feeds into the "protection" BS. As for the Mark of the Beast, I can actually go along with that. Where is the freedom of having to be tracked 24/7? Then some of these morons on here agreeing about having their kids and family implanted with it? Seriously people are you that stupid? GPS is just another salesman selling cure all snake oil in an effortless manner to make more money for themselves.

Hackney said at March 15, 2009 1:22 AM:

Just so you know Admin of this website. Your little "enabled device" to protect spamming and abuse is a joke. Nothing a quick cleaning of cache and temp files to remedy that problem.....Might want to look into getting that fixed.

V said at May 7, 2009 8:58 PM:

This is my first day on the ProTech Ankle bracelet. Not only does Maryland have me seeing my parole officer twice a week, and call in once a week, I have to be on this bracelet for a few months. I work in a professional situation, in which my employers know the deal, but my co-workers don't. So I am working a juggling act of hiding the tool, making sure I am not in violation, and paying money I don't have yet. Way to go! Maryland also makes you pay $40 dollars for them to parole YOU and makes you pay for urinalysis. You owe this money the first day you come home, that is before you obtain a job for all you dummies out there that are proponents of this. I wonder why recidivism is over 60%...duh, look at the policies here. If you had a job, how would your boss take you being missing to see your parole officer twice a week, which translates into at least 4 hours if you account for transportation and transit, can you hold a job then? How about a nice hotdog sized ankle bracelete to go along with it? Can't find / maintain employment + bad economy / market = making more circumstances where new victims can be made because it's emotionally and logistically easier to live a life of crime. Why not pay the parole agents more? How about parole visits on the weekend so it wont affect your job? I support education over incarceration. I support Obama over Bush. Why not community service parole instead?

I am going to give the device a chance. I am not going to be in violation because I work 10 hours a day and I stay home more so on the weekend so I don't run the streets. The frustrating this is... I worked hard in changing my life, being the person I am today. I earned my goodtime in prison, I worked hard on my education and therapy. The only way to see if a person can handle the blessing of freedom, is to give it to them. Fortunately, I have good...no, great people around me who understand and will support me through this. One day, people will wake up and take the hard route out. For now, they are still looking for fixes that is earned through time. Go on, waste taxpayer money in hard economic times. Go ahead and create struggles for people who already struggle. It all comes back around...

Anonymous said at August 24, 2009 6:23 PM:

SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN on a SecureAlert system - I've been told by the court clerk they have a 19 page report for the past 7 days. Nearly impossible when All I do is go to work and back. Sure a few trips to grocery store, Home Depot, Lowe's (the honey do's list is getting shorter and that's a good thing) I'm complying with all the court orders but the system is set up to make you fail no matter what you do. I have been "ACCUSED" not convicted of stalking an ex-girlfriend I dated 15 years ago who decided to move into my neighborhood I had lived in for over 16 years. I've been forced to move out of my home by her and the court system. Oh and I forgot to mention, I've been living with my fiance in this home for the past 9 years................ and the court doesn't see it or want to see the truth! I've been told they keep dropping my signal? I work in a block building, I've been told trees, overhangs and power lines will also drop the signal. Is anyone else having the same issues? Anyone else on the same system in Michigan?

Krista said at September 26, 2009 6:49 PM:

ppl they know where you are 24/7 all time...if you go shopping to long it goes off and tells you to call them...so when you call them they just ask where you were, but heres the catch they already know where you are....so why do they ask, it's not like you can lie...cause hello your on a GPS..damn do they think your dumb....and if you aren't home b-4 your curfew time it beeps really loud so if have to put it in the box ...then you call tell them where you were, again like they already didn't know...ppl just think its crazy and a waist of time..and really needs to go case by case....like child molester's should be on it, not ppl who sleep with some that is 15 and almost 16....thats just my what ppl have to think about itthink the GPS thing is so dumb, it should only be used for certian people and go case by case, its gets so annoying caring the box every where you go, and having to just go shopping for 10 mins then the thing tells you to go outside, and if you leave the box behind you have to call them within 10 mins, even when your at the gym you gotta carry the box with you...you have a curfew too...which they think is dumb...since you were already in prison and did your time, now your out and they still want you to do time....whats crazy is ppl work at a hotel and have to walk up and down 4 floors and you get hot and sweaty and still have to carry the box..You can't go snowboarding cause of the ankle braclet and the box would just not work...so thats another 2 yrs of not doing that...just the simple things in life you can't do,and on top of all that

Ray Hall, Jr. said at January 4, 2010 11:20 PM:

I am an attorney in ft.worth, Tx. I have a client who is now in custody because his monitor kept going off at night while he was asleep. The violations were for only 2-5 minutes. Does anyone else have any info on this problem or know of an expert on the subject. Please e-mail me at rayhalljr43@aol.com. It was a Pro tech monitor.

Can't believe how stupid you all are. said at January 6, 2010 8:31 PM:

Everyone who has posted here is a complete moron...except for Chris up near the top...

Rene...you are a pedophile and deserve a lot worse than whatever jail without bars you are going on about...


Seriously everyone, do the world a favor and do not breed!!!

GPS Monitoring said at February 7, 2010 8:41 AM:

Currently, 12 states in the United States have passed laws that allow judges to place GPS Monitoring devices on domestic abuse offenders. These devices allow law enforcement officials to track the offender’s movements and alert their victims if they come in close proximity. One state looking to be added to this list is Kentucky.

greenflamer said at February 25, 2010 4:19 PM:

MY judge gave me house arrest without a monitor is it legal for a p.o to put a gps monitor on me withouth the monitor being court ordered? pplees let me kno cuz im ready to got court about it

Some Guy said at March 21, 2010 4:37 PM:

Over a decade ago when i just turned 18, i was convinced to take a certain drug nobody told me about ahead of time.. just that it'd make me feel really good. Well, the person who gave it to me i wound up having s e x with. Well, in California, there is no such thing as consensual. They also didn't care where the "girl" got the drug. She admitted to giving it to me, she never got into any kind of trouble.

Okay, so i was on probation. I had several violations relating to traffic tickets. My 3th violation put me in prison on a "Joint Suspended". I wasn't wearing a bracelet until a year AFTER Jessica's law passed. And since then, parole has had to change my bracelet now 5 times because they continued to fail. The first ones were BluTag. This this one is ProTech. Now, the GPS and Zone lights are no longer working... but the power continues to blink. No answers from parole. Every once in a while, they have to call me to ask where i'm at.

I am just waiting for the general public to wake up and realize this whole GPS tracking is stupid and doesn't work. In fact, it counter's any effort on behalf of the parolee to re-integrate into society. The added stress is NEVER good for anyone, especially for those who have served time and feel like their efforts are not worth it anymore, thanks to too many people feeling like they should die?

And for the commentor : "Can't believe how stupid you all are"... what are YOU hiding? One thing prison taught me and turned out to be true in "real life".... is that those who bark the loudest are all too often guilty themselves. Just saying.

Anonymous said at March 25, 2010 12:31 PM:

Bottom line is the gps tracking device program needs a major overlook. All, it takes is a person to accuse another in a certain amount of days after the supposed incendent they are claiming occured and as long as there is some form of marks that are present matching what they say had happened that person will be arrested. Then because of what the arrest report says a judge will order you get put on a moniter until your legal matter is resolved. I am shocked at the lack of civil rights we Americans really have. As if a moniter is really going to prevent another from harm as though it was this magical barrier for the accusing party. Not to mention the one wearing the thing has to pay out of his/her own pocket for the service of it. So the accused will have to defend and try to protect his/her career, family, finances, and children all due to having to wear a gps tracker that prohibits a normal functioning life. The guilty wouldnt dispute having to go through this for it's a better alternative but the heavily outnumbered innocent parties lose so much and it is even more defeating to be helpless against this useless law that takes away so much more then is realized.

anonymous said at July 5, 2010 7:50 PM:

I am on house arrest in the mideast. I was told today that I went out of my range for 8mins! I was simply not out of range when the dap officer came by to do a check. I go to that part of the house everyday. Thankfully he did not take me in and belived me. I was wondering if anyone could help me with this problem. Is their anywhere I could get this thing checked out? I'm nerves to go anywhere in my house because of this. I need help please respond. Thank yo


-T

HAYABUSADUDE said at August 2, 2010 12:28 PM:

I AM WEARING A PRO-TECH GPS SMART ONE WEARABLE. IT HAS BEEN SENDING A GPS SIGNAL WHILE I AM SLEEPING AT 3:00AM TO 4:00AM IN THE MORNING. IT ALSO GOES OF AT HOME FOR 6PM TO 6AM AROUND EIGHT TO TEN TIME A NIGHT. THIS THING IS NOT WRIGHT. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW ACCURATE THIS THINGS ARE FROM FOOT TO LARD TO CITY BLOCK. FROM WHAT I CAN TELL THIS IS THE NEWEST AND BEST THING OUT THEIR I THINK THEY MADE THIS GPS UNIT ONLY TO PUT ME BACK I JAIL. MY P.O. IS AND COMPLETE JERK AND DOES NOT BELEAVE ME O'WELL. HELP THIS UNIT IS A PIECE OF JUCK !!!!!!!!!

Chern said at September 1, 2010 9:55 PM:

GPS is a joke. Even the ones in cars! I was approaching my son's house from a different direction and decided to follow my GPS' directions to his address. It took me to a cornfield at the edge of another town, with no street even remotely named the same! Another time I programed in an address in another state and asked for directions. If I had followed them I would still be at the dead end street around the corner from my house! I live in a bi-state area with a river separating them. Instead of directing me to the nearest interstate on-ramp to reach an address in my state, it had me go two miles south, then three miles north, across the river to the next state, get off at the first exit and then get back on going the opposite direction!

If they are this inaccurate as directional devices, how can they be relied on to tell you where any parolee or person awaiting trial wearing one is? I know people on GPS monitoring systems and know that they fail regularly. I think the term "violate" that parole officers use to describe arresting a person allegedly "in violation" is very accurate. The arrest indeed violates them, their rights, their person, their dignity - and most of the time the person was NOT in violation, but rather the equipment was faulty. The truly sad part is that each of these "false arrests" are what produces the recidivism rate that is used to justify more laws that are just as useless and deprive people of their civil rights.

The latest laws that will not allow any equipment with internet access in a home where a paroled sex offender lives violates the civil and constitutional rights of every other person who lives in and/or visits the home, and puts the parolee in jeopardy of being sent back to prison if a visitor arrives with cell phone in their pocket that can take photos or gain internet access,no less carries a laptop computer! I know of an 80 year old man with a sterling reputation - not even a speeding ticket - who was a boarder in one such home who had to remove his computer and cell phone from the home, even though it was in his private room, depriving him of contact with his family, the ability to pay bills on line, etc. The parolee was in complete compliance; the innocent people who care for him were the ones punished. They were told to choose between their electronic equipment or their loved one. If they wanted internet access and cell phones, etc, their loved one would go back to prison immediately as a repeat offender - yet he had committed no offense. That's blackmail!!

Engineer Victim said at October 21, 2010 8:28 AM:

Suck it up all of you whiny perps and freaks.
It was YOUR behavior that got you in the mess you're in.
And, of course, all of you lying creeps claim you're innocent and the technology is flawed and 'lying'.

I agree with Blueshift, I want to know where the scumbag who stalked my child is at every moment.
The same creep who failed at a home invasion and death threats.

You social misfits should feel fortunate that the technology is keeping you out of jail.

Suck it up and stop being a bunch of lying whining liars.

You should also be aware of your State's 'Castle Doctrine' where we good citizens no longer have the duty to retreat and we can now stand our ground and use deadly force if deemed necessary to protect our lives.
This includes our homes, our cars (for all you car-jackers) and our personal space walking when out and about.
Many of us good citizens have concealed weapon permits and carry firearms on a regular basis, so behave accordingly.
Poor victim selection skills will result in your demise.
Just a word to the wise.

EV


SS said at November 9, 2010 5:08 PM:

A word to the wiseass above me:
Those are very confident words coming from someone sitting behind a computer a thousand miles away. "Poor victim selection skills will result in your demise." Hah! My compliments on your prose but are you frigging serious?! Give a scared little man a firearm and suddenly he becomes Dirty Harry. Wow.

Engineer Victim said at June 8, 2011 3:54 PM:

A Florida Dept.of Transportation Officer pulled over a pick-up truck owner for a faulty taillight.
When the officer approached the driver, the man behind the wheel handed the officer his driver's license, insurance card and a concealed weapon carry permit.

The officer took all the documents, looked them over and said. "Mr..Smith, I see you have a CWP. Do you have any weapons with you?"
The driver replied, " Yes sir, I have a 357 handgun in a hip holster,
a .45 in the glove box and a .22 derringer in my boot."

The officer looked at the driver and asked, "Anything else?"

"Yes sir, I have a Mossberg 500 12 gauge and an AR-15 behind the seat."

The officer asked if the man was driving to or from a shooting range
and the man said he wasn't, so the officer bent over and looked into the
driver's face and said "Mr. Smith, you're carrying quite a few firearms.
May I ask what you are afraid of?

Mr. Smith locked eyes with the officer and calmly answered,
"Not a f*cking thing!"

Heh heh heh

MV

Andrew said at October 8, 2011 11:38 AM:

It's good to see the sensible use of GPS monitoring system. I am sure that this system is going to groom in a better manner and cover up the loopholes presently in there.

Wayne said at October 29, 2011 6:50 AM:

The Pro Tech Monitor is Junk, there is no other way to describe it. We live in a world of electronics, there is no excuse for Pro Tech to have such lousy equipment. I am on the GPS thing for a stupid drug charge, I have to deal with it for 5 months, i have been on it 6 weeks now and have had numerous "bracelet Gone" alarms, when I am sitting right next to the GPS Reciever Box. If I take the box off the charger to eliminate the Bracelet gone alarms, it tells me to go outside due to no GPS Signal, I go outside and it still is not getting GPS Signal, my parole officer tells me to walk up and down the street until it clears the alarm, which works until I come home, and then the cycle starts all over again. Simply Put the Pro Tech Monitor Doesnt Work, it is junk! My cell phone never looses GPS, but this huge black box looses GPS every 10 Minutes. there is no win here no matter what you do. Good Louck if your on the Pro Tech Monitor, document every alarm and call your probation / parole officer every time you get an alarm to cover your ass.

wayne_dorsey6728@yahoo.com

ZANDER said at June 22, 2012 4:19 AM:

1ST OFF IM NOT OUT ON BOND. I GOT PUT ON THE ANKLE WATCH LAST WEEK FOR GOIN TO JAIL FOR TICKETS.GRAND PRAIRIE JAIL KEPT MY CELL PHONE.MY STIPULATIONS ARE LOCKDOWN 24/7. I BELIEVE IM BEING INVESTIGATED THATS WHY THEY ARE KEEPING ME PUT. MY PAROLE OFFICER HASNT EVEN SCHEDULED ME A DATE TO REPORT.

terrie hunt said at August 5, 2012 12:39 PM:

my son was arrested when he reported to parole Friday morning for repeated "bracelet gone" violations which he did not commit!! i was with him on numerous occasions when the damned thing went off and he was exactly where he was supposed to be when he was supposed to be there. this technology does not work and many people are suffering the consequences. I am working with some top post-conviction and parole attorneys and we are preparing to file a class-action lawsuit on behalf of everyone who has been affected by this and the judicial system....somebody somewhere is putting alot of money in their pockets with total disregard for the lives of those affected and they and the manufacturer need to fix this problem and compensate the people who are hurt. I would love to hear from anyone in Texas who has had problems and would like to join in the suit. this could mean a great deal of money and benefits for you if we could eventually win this case, and make the Parole Board sit up and take notice. i would especially like to know if anyone has suffered a heart attack or committed suicide because of being violated when the system wasn't working. My son was doing perfectly, working, no drugs, not doing a damned thing wrong, and he was in the process of trying to get custody of his children from a drug addict mother. Now they are going to be affected, indirectly, because this technology doesn't work and the Parole Board doesn't give a damned and the company is making billions. my e-mail is hunt_terrie@yahoo.com and give me your info and I will call you if we can work on this together. If we hvae to file a class-action lawsuit nationwide rather than just in Texas, let's do it!! Ray in Ft. Worth, please get with me asap so we can get this ball rolling and help these people out. It's not fair that this company is making money on someone else's misery. if you are not responding with an issue I described above, keep your comments to yourself, your opinion doesn't matter to me.

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