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Electronic Monitoring Should Be Better Targeted to the Most Dangerous Offenders, Report No. 05-19, April 2005
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  • Electronic monitoring is a technological tool to enhance surveillance of offenders in the community.  On December 24, 2004, the Department of Corrections was electronically monitoring 705 offenders.
  • While electronic monitoring can help improve offender supervision, it is not currently used for the highest risk offenders.  Currently, 70% of the offenders on electronic monitoring are on community control supervision, a prison diversion program serving offenders with mostly property or drug offenses.  Only 30% of the electronic monitoring units are used to supervise more dangerous habitual and sex offenders.  Shifting the monitoring units to more dangerous offenders could be done by making electronic monitoring a standard condition of supervision, requiring the Department of Corrections to use its risk assessment instrument to prioritize offenders for this supervision, and giving the department the discretion to require use of this technology.  
  • Electronic monitoring provides greater surveillance of offenders under supervision, but its effect on deterring future crime is unknown.  The department should study the effectiveness of alternate types of electronic monitoring using a valid research design and report the results to the Legislature.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Community Corrections

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-27 Intermediate Sanctions for Non-Violent Offenders Could Produce Savings, published in March 2010.
  • Report No. 07-42  Electronic Monitoring Expanded to Target Communities’ More Dangerous Offenders, published in November 2007.
  • Report No. 07-13 Department of Corrections Zero Tolerance Policy Increases Offender Scrutiny But Is Not Based on Risk to Public Safety, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 06-37 Several Deficiencies Hinder the Supervision of Offenders in the Community Corrections Program, published in April 2006.
  • Report No. 06-03 Florida’s State, County, Local Authorities Are Implementing Jessica Lunsford Act, published in January 2006.

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