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Community Supervision

The sheer multitude of technical innovation in the last century has transformed almost every aspect of contemporary life, from GPS and social networking to touch screen smart phones.  Society has moved on, why hasn’t compliance monitoring technology?

Improvements in electronic technology and the increasing pressure of prison costs, overcrowding and recidivism rates has made the prospect of offender monitoring much more appealing. To date, electronic monitoring has been primarily used as a way of providing the location of offenders but not much else. To some who have successfully reintegrated into the community, ankle monitors are incarceration by another name. They are expensive, unsightly, and automatically show the public that the person wearing it has been in trouble with the law. By utilizing electronic monitoring in the form of a smart phone, offenders are more easily accepted into the community and can foster confidence in their rehabilitation.

With innovations in technology, such as the TRACKphone™, supervising officers can dispense positive reinforcement and rehabilitative support while enforcing compliance. Offenders equipped with the TRACKphone™ are verified with biometric identity confirmation and are given behavioral assessments to evaluate their risk score.  Trends in their usage of the phone can be identified and provide their supervisor with valuable insight into what specific therapeutic materials would most benefit the offender. Cognitive behavioral therapy and rehabilitative support enhances the offender’s quality of life and significantly reduces their chance of committing another crime and returning to prison.

One of the largest advantages with innovative electronic monitoring is the ability to maintain necessary control of individuals in the community while providing them the opportunity to maintain family ties, employment, and self-improvement.

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Community Supervision

The youth of today are our future and giving them resources to become a better generation is critical. In California, the new Governor, Gavin Newsom, disclosed his plans to improve the future of the youth in our juvenile justice system. His proposal is to move the Division of Juvenile Justice from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to the Human Services Agency. This change would enable the state to concentrate on supporting youths with overcoming their trauma, acquiring life skills and pursuing education rather than penalizing them. In an announcement released by his office, Gavin struck a chord with a powerful statement that the justice system should be focused on helping kids pursue new and better lives, not jumpstarting the revolving door of crime.

California has repeatedly attempted to revamp its juvenile detention facilities without any great success, according to Daniel Macallair, Center Executive Director of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. He believes that all the juvenile offenders should be put under county supervision and receive rehabilitative services within their own communities, allowing them to remain close to their relatives and receive more preparation to reenter society. The perception of punitive practices over rehabilitation is prevalent in our justice system, and it has been proven that this does not lead to real change. Marlene Sanchez, Associate Director of the Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice advocacy group, stated that she has hopes for the state’s juvenile detention centers to be closed then open again as rehabilitation centers where young people can seek education and receive mental health and substance abuse treatment. Programs providing rehabilitation and support is imperative to making a real change in those in our justice system, especially our youth.

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