INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — THE OFFENDERS: Electronic monitoring in Indiana is used primarily to track sex offenders who are on parole, according to the Department of Correction. In addition to the state agency, other entities across the state also provide electronic monitoring of offenders, including county probation departments. This sampling included the state agency alone.
THE NUMBERS: The state had 299 paroled sex offenders on GPS monitoring across the state in April. Those offenders triggered 618 alerts for actions such as tampering with the device, entering excluded areas or being out of cell range. Of those, 147 alerts were resolved by the GPS contractor. In the rest, the parole agent was notified and contacted the offender.
THE ALERTS: The Department of Correction has 53 parole agents and 12 contract employees who investigate alerts 24 hours a day. There are about 50 to 60 officers supervising offenders who are monitored. 3M provides the GPS units and monitoring center under a three-year contract that costs the state a total of about $950,000.