Location Monitoring

Federal Location Monitoring Program
Federal courts supervise many defendants and convicted offenders in the community, either before 
trial, after release from incarceration, or while serving sentences that do not require 
imprisonment. 
 
What Is Location Monitoring?
Location monitoring is a court-ordered alternative to incarceration. Individuals may engage in 
limited, supervised activities in the community, with electronic technology to help verify 
compliance.
 
A judge determines the extent to which people are monitored on a case-by-case basis, based on the 
law and on an assessment of risk. Probation and pretrial services officers enforce the court’s terms of supervision.
Officers receive electronic notification when an individual moves into or out of approved or prohibited areas, or if 
the device is tampered with or removed.

 

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