Intermediate Community Sanction: Home Confinement and Electronic Monitoring

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Punishment has evolved from the days of waiting to be hung to the sophisticated prison systems of today. However prisons in the United States are crowded and costly and they are not always appropriate for all offenders, especially those that have committed minor offenses. In the last couple of decades new methods of punishment has been developed for the minor offender. These fall under the category of intermediate community sanction and consist of electronic monitoring and home confinement. These punishments have proven very useful in dealing with minor offenders, pretrial confinement and others in need of supervision. They seem to be effective and help to transfer some of the cost of prison back to the offender.
At one time a criminal
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The three levels are curfew, home detention, and home incarceration. Curfew requires the offenders to stay home every day during specified times. In home detention the participants must remain at home “at all times except for pre-approved and scheduled absences, such as for work, school, treatment, church, attorney appointments, court appearances, and other court-ordered obligations (Uscourts, Home Confinement, pg 1)”. Home incarceration is similar to home detention but is more strict because you stay home 24 hours a day and you can only leave for “medical appointments, court appearances, and other activities that the court *specifically* approves (Uscourts, Home Confinement, pg1)”. Home confinements is considered better because it is cheaper and the court can tell you to pay all or part of the costs which takes a huge load off of the court’s shoulders and defendants as well as offenders can still support their family and pay taxes in order to prevent the loss of their home and other things.
Electronic monitoring “ in most cases, U.S. probation and pretrial services officers use electronic monitoring in supervising people placed under home confinement (Uscourts, Home Confinement , pg 2)”. The person “wears a tamper resistant transmitter on the ankle or wrist 24 hours a day and the person must stay within 150 feet of the receiving unit to be considered in range (Uscourts, Home Confinement, pg2)”. Key events that might happen which would break the
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