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Electronic Monitoring Expanded to Target Communities’ More Dangerous Offenders, Report No. 07-42, November 2007
 
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  • The Department of Corrections uses electronic monitoring to monitor the whereabouts of offenders on community supervision.  Consistent with our recommendations, the department has evaluated electronic monitoring and found it effective in deterring crime and has discontinued use of Passive GPS technology. 
  • While the Legislature appropriated over $8 million for electronic monitoring in Fiscal Year 2006-07, the department spent less than half of this funding.  Several issues have limited expansion of electronic monitoring.  The department lacks the authority to revoke the supervision of offenders on electronic monitoring unless the offender is court-ordered to be monitored, but has not proposed legislation to remedy this problem.  In addition, there are fewer Lunsford-eligible offenders on community supervision than projected, and judges are reluctant to expand use of electronic monitoring for some types of offenders.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 05-19 OPPAGA Report: Electronic Monitoring Should Be Better Targeted to the Most Dangerous Offenders, published in April 2005.

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. 07-13 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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