Electronic Monitoring

The Electronic Monitoring is a cost effective alternative to juvenile detention. Participants must remain in their residence unless pre-approved to attend school, employment, medical, and legal appointments. State law defines electronic monitoring as “confinement" so youth earn credit for time served on EM.

To ensure safety and minimize community risk, program staff will closely monitor youth for cooperation and compliance with court ordered conditions of supervision. Eligibility for the program is determined by the Court.

Program Overview

Our equipment uses state of the art Global Positioning System (GPS) electronic monitoring for “real time” location monitoring of defendants 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Predetermined exclusion or inclusion zones can be set, which when violated, alerts the supervising officer immediately. Violations may result in immediate incarceration in the detention facility. Youth may be approved to attend a job, school, or a Community Service work site.

Youth who are ordered “confined” by the Juvenile Court Judge may be accepted into the Electronic Monitoring program and confined at home if:
  • Electronic monitoring staff approve youth placement on the program
  • Equipment is compatible to the home for proper hook-up
  • Parents support all program rules and report violations
  • Youth agrees to follow all program rules and court ordered requirements
Program Rules & Guidelines
Electronic Monitoring Program rules are as follows:
  • All scheduled activities must be pre-approved by EM Staff
  • Attend all scheduled activities: school, job, Community Service, Counseling
  • Follow all court ordered mandates
  • Follow all program rules, including parental “house rules”
  • No drug or alcohol use
  • No illegal activity of any kind
  • No tampering with equipment
Youth violating EM/SAC rules can be transported to and detained in the Juvenile Detention Facility. Unscheduled absence from home, school, job site, etc., results in a Felony Second Degree Escape charge. All illegal activity will lead to arrest. Youth are billed for the cost of any willful equipment damage.

Opportunity
Youth choosing to cooperate and participate in these programs avoid incarceration in the Detention Facility. This allows youth to be successful in the community while adhering to the court ordered conditions.

Accountability
Movements and actions are closely monitored in all phases of the program. Rules and expectations are clearly explained. Electronic Monitoring Staff perform random site visits and phone checks to the youth’s home, school and job site. Ensuring public safety, through accountability, is the priority of these confinement programs. Violators are prosecuted.

Teamwork
Success is possible when the youth works cooperatively with the whole team. This includes following parent’s rules at home, requesting schedule changes, reporting problems to the Electronic Monitoring Probation Counselors, responding to the instruction of the school teachers, and completing the jobs assigned by the Community Service Probation Counselors.

Electronic Monitoring Program Contacts

Contact Phone Number
Main Line
509-477-2557
Program Supervisor
509-477-2474