Jails are kind of like public schools in that they are always filled to capacity as soon as they are built. Sadly enough, jails and prisons across America are filling up, forcing them to double and even quadruple the number of inmates that are supposed to be in a given area. A bracelet equipped with a GPS tracker could help this problem.


One of the first objections that a person might think of for this kind of criminal monitoring system would be the cost. Real time tracking for criminals costs about $10 to $12 a day per criminal. That can definitely add up to a costly yearly expense. However, keeping that same criminal in jail would cost about $100 a day. So while a GPS tracker for a criminal may seem expensive, it is actually is cutting costs by 90%.

Another objective is the fact that the GPS tracker has to be charged nightly in order to continue to work. A criminal that did not want to be monitored has a choice of either cutting the bracelet off which might send an alert to the probation officer or to simply let the battery run down.

One benefit to this kind of system is that it would help to free up space in jails and prisons. Criminals with minor offenses who had a good behavior rating while in jail and were considered unlikely to be repeat offenders would be the ones chosen for this monitoring. Using GPS tracking bracelets would also help law enforcement officers. Instead of close monitoring of those on probation, these bracelets would allow the officers to monitor criminals from a distance and respond to any alerts that these systems might give off. Officers could monitor more criminals this way than if they were physically checking in on them.

One important factor that determines the effectiveness of this plan is the choice between passive and real time trackers. These passive trackers are delayed systems that download the criminal’s movements at the end of the day. While this may help in monitoring, if the criminal were to violate parole or do something that would necessitate police action, it would not be discovered until several hours later. This would make it very difficult for the law enforcement officers to do anything about it. Although the passive trackers are cheaper than the $10 a day, they cannot be trusted like the real time trackers.

In the next several years, monitoring criminals with a real time GPS tracker will no doubt become more common as systems become more advanced.

Categories: GPS Tracker , Law Enforcement
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