Fifth Judicial District - Department of Correctional Services

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TITLE: Ems Offender Accountability

POLICY

The Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services has an Electronic Monitoring System (EMS) of accounting for an offender at all times, including verification of activities, reporting tardiness and/or absence from required services or activities, as well as other program violations.

The District will provide EMS services that include: Voice Verification (VV), Radio Frequency (RF), Video Information Capture (VICAP) and Global Positioning Satellite tracking system (GPS).

The District will select which high-risk offenders are eligible for EMS and will make all decisions related to the type of equipment to be used during the EMS surveillance.

DEFINITIONS

  1. Voice Verification (VV) - A voice print template is made of the offender, who receives random or scheduled calls at the residence or the offender could make calls from approved remote locations (work).
  2. Radio Frequency (RF) - A home monitoring receiver unit with the offender's phone attached, a phone cord to the phone jack and plugged into power. The offender wears a waterproof ankle transmitter band that does alert the provider of strap tamper (strap or clip cut and/or opened) and/or body tamper (unit not against the skin). This unit monitors the offender's arrivals and departures and curfew hours.
  3. Video Information Capture (VICAP) - This unit consists of a Video display unit for visual verification of the offender's presence and demeanor with the breath alcohol test for alcohol consumption assessment.
  4. Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) - This unit will report the time and date of arrivals and departures, the travel path and travel times, removal of or tampering with the ankle band and monitoring unit, and violations of exclusion zones (designated areas that the offender is restricted from entering). The offender also wears the Radio Frequency transmitter ankle band.

CRITERIA

  1. High risk offenders on specialized caseloads.
  2. When specific information is obtained regarding offenders who are a potential threat to victims.
  3. When incarceration or other sanctions are not appropriate.
  4. Supervisory approval for EMS will be obtained. The supervisor will review prospective cases with agents to determine if this is a necessary security measure and whether other intermediate sanctions have been utilized or are appropriate.
  5. The agent and supervisor shall review EMS options that are available and utilize the last expensive option needed to acquire the appropriate level of security required.
  6. A written contract (form in templates) shall be completed in writing with the client. This contract shall include a set time period , unless EMS is mandated for an indeterminate time, and concrete goals to be achieved by the client in order to come into compliance with their supervision. Achievement of such goals in the agreed upon time frame will result in the client being successfully removed from electronic monitoring, with the exception of those offenders who are mandated to be monitored. Failure to achieve agreed upon goals could result in increased sanctions and possible violation of supervision. A copy of this contract shall be submitted to the supervisor.

PROCEDURE

  1. The District will select Voice Verification (VV) for offenders who need minimal supervision while requiring them to answer random and/or scheduled phone calls during their curfew schedule.
  2. The District will select Radio Frequency (RF) for offenders in order to account for their presence during their curfew schedule, reporting tardiness and/or absence from curfew or activities, as well as violations with the ankle band and phone service.
  3. The District will select Video Information Capture (VICAP) for offenders with a history of alcohol abuse to test random and/or scheduled calls for alcohol usage. A successful call will account for the offender's presence and the lack of alcohol.
  4. The District will select Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) for those offenders who need maximum supervision or who are required to be monitored by GPS per Iowa Code and to account for the offender at all times, the travel paths with the time frames and reporting tardiness and/or absence of required services or activities. The GPS will also inform the District when the offender violates an exclusion or inclusion zone (a designated area the offender is restricted from entering or an area the offender is assigned to be during specific time frames).
  5. All variances to the schedule that is set for the offender such as tardiness, absences, and program violations will be reported to the EMS supervisor by the vendor, and then to the supervising officer or supervising district by the EMS Coordinator or GPS command Center.
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