Remote Tracking of Parolees Through Apps
|Remote Tracking of Parolees Through Apps|
|Short Title||Software Remotely Monitoring Parolees And People on Probation|
|Threat Actors||Tracktech, Law Enforcement|
|Affected||Parolees, People on Probation|
|High Risk Groups||Criminal|
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
Secondary Consequences: Potentially: Anxiety, Incarceration