Home Confinement/Electronic Monitoring Information

The home confinement program is a cost-effective alternative to incarceration that may be judicially or administratively imposed as a condition of pretrial release or supervision requiring participants to remain in their residence for any portion of the day. The levels of restriction in the home confinement program may range from a nighttime curfew to 24-hour home incarceration. In addition, home confinement is used for offenders nearing the final portion of their sentences, and as an alternative to returning home on early release.

The home confinement program may incorporate an electronic monitoring system that includes monitoring equipment and a transmitter designed to alert a Probation Officer when a participant leaves a specific location, returns home late or leaves early, or tampers with the electronic monitoring equipment.  The programs is a 24-hour operation.

If electronic monitoring is an option of release, the proposed residence will be inspected to determine if it meets the specificity of the program. In addition, the telephone line to which the monitor will connected should be able to accommodate the monitoring equipment. Specific details and requirements can be obtained from any Probation Officer. The participant of the home confinement program may be ordered to pay part or all of the daily cost of electronic monitoring, depending on his or her ability to pay. The present cost of electronic monitoring is $3.18 a day.