Remote Tracking of Parolees Through Apps

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Remote Tracking of Parolees Through Apps
Short Title Software Remotely Monitoring Parolees And People on Probation
Location United States
Date November 2020

Taxonomy Surveillance
Information Location, Behavioral
Threat Actors Tracktech, Law Enforcement

Affected Parolees, People on Probation
High Risk Groups Criminal
Secondary Consequences

Smartphone software, installed on phones as a condition of release, remotely monitoring parolees and people on probation.


For decades, parole and probation officers have supervised people on house arrest, parole, and probation remotely with GPS-enabled ankle bracelets. In 2020, as a pandemic deters person-to-person contact, remote supervision in criminal justice is moving to a new frontier: the smartphone.

Tracktech mimic more well known forms of remote supervision like ankle monitoring, but instead are installed on phones as a condition of release. Surveillance

They monitor juveniles and adults alike on parole, probation, and pretrial release. Parolees can connect with case officers through text or video. GPS features track whether a parolee has kept a consistent schedule, moving only between work and home. Officers can place geofences around “off limit” spaces, like liquor stores or gun stores, and receive notifications if a parolee gets too close.

critics call the field a form of “e-carceration,” a sanitized, but still dehumanizing form of imprisonment.


Threat: Law enforcement monitoring parolees on probation through smartphones apps
At-Risk group: Parolees on probation
Harm: Surveillance
Secondary Consequences: Potentially: Anxiety, Incarceration

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