How does a house arrest ankle bracelet work?

Updated April 04, 2017

A house arrest is an alternative form of incarceration in which the prisoner serves his or her sentence while in the confines of his or her home. House arrest is utilised in few cases. These cases usually involve a low degree of seriousness; thus, crimes such as murder and manslaughter usually do not qualify for consideration of house-arrest sentencing.

House Arrest Monitoring

House-arrest monitoring is achieved through the usage of an ankle bracelet. The bracelet is attached to the prisoner's ankle at the commencement of the sentence and remains throughout the duration of the time served. The bracelet contains an electronic signal, similar to a geographic positioning system, which tracks the whereabouts of the wearer. In the event the convicted person travels outside of the confinement area, the bracelet automatically will send a signal to the police department.

Consequences of a Breach of House Arrest

When a convicted person breaches the terms of the house arrest by travelling outside the confinement zone, that person is essentially "escaping" from prison. Such behaviour results in serious results. Frequently, the person will be sent directly to prison to serve the remaining amount of his or her sentence. The consequence of a breach of house arrest is a determination for the presiding judge.

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J.S. Nogara began writing in 2000, publishing in legal texts, newspapers, newsletters and on various websites. Her credits include updating "New York Practice Guides: Negligence." She is a licensed attorney admitted to the New York State courts and the Federal Court, Southern District in New York. She has a B.S. from the University of Connecticut, a J.D. and an LL.M. degree.