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Ankle monitors as an alternative to prison

Ankle monitors are one way of tracking individuals who are under the supervision of the criminal justice system. These devices are worn around the ankle and track an individual’s movements and location using GPS technology. They are often used as an alternative to traditional imprisonment in Indiana, allowing individuals to serve their sentences while remaining in the community.

Who ankle monitors are for

Ankle monitors are typically used for individuals who are on probation or parole or for those who are awaiting trial. They can also be used for individuals convicted of a crime but are considered low-risk and not a danger to the community. Using ankle monitors gives criminal defense counsel an extra option while allowing individuals convicted of certain crimes to continue to work, attend school and care for their families while serving their sentences.

Advantages of ankle monitors

Ankle monitors have several advantages over traditional imprisonment. They are less expensive than keeping an individual in jail or prison, and they allow individuals to maintain their jobs and support their families. This can make it easier for them to reintegrate into society once their sentences are completed.


Ankle monitors don’t come without some disadvantages. They can be uncomfortable to wear and can cause skin irritation.

Individuals with ankle monitors are also often subject to strict rules and regulations, and any violation of these rules can result in additional penalties or even traditional imprisonment. While the point is to limit the subject’s movement, the ability to fall into further infractions inadvertently is a concern.

Not always the best choice

It’s important to note that ankle monitors are not a suitable punishment for all individuals, and they should be used with discretion. They are not a replacement for traditional imprisonment but a complement to it. The offender’s risk of recidivism and the nature of the crime must be considered when deciding whether or not to use an ankle monitor.

A viable form of imprisonment

Ankle monitors are becoming a more common form of imprisonment for individuals convicted of a crime. These devices should be used with discretion and after considering the offender’s risk of recidivism and the nature of the crime.