A state legislator has introduced a bill in California that would expand GPS electronic monitoring programs in the state as a response to Public Safety Realignment, also known as the AB 109 legislation.
The bill, AB 2499, would allow county sheriffs and county boards of supervisors to expand their electronic monitoring programs to include former state prisoners who were sent to county jails after AB 109 took effect.
AB 109 shifted the responsibility for thousands of prisoners from the state to county jails with the goal of reducing California’s prison overcrowding—a mandate of the United States Supreme Court.
AB 2499 was introduced by 14th District State Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla who said the bill is intended for non-violent offenders, stating that it is “an opportunity to make sure that there’s room for the prisoners that actually need to be behind bars.”
BI Incorporated works with multiple counties in California to provide electronic monitoring technology, including GPS monitoring, and monitoring support. Electronic monitoring, which is more cost-effective than incarceration, helps probation officials keep offenders on track and in compliance with court-ordered sanctions.
As Assemblywoman Bonilla indicated, electronic monitoring also frees up space in the county jails for offenders convicted of violent crimes and helps to reduce overcrowding.
BI provides reliable GPS tracking technology like the BI ExacuTrack® One, an ankle-mounted tracking device that relies on available GPS data and other location monitoring technologies to accurately track an offender’s movement within their community.
Read AB 2499—which passed the state assembly in May—in full here.