Gps Technology Used To Track Michigan Parolees
The Michigan Department of Corrections will select a winning bid for implementing a Global Positioning System (GPS) that will enable the state to track up to 800 parolees and probationers during the next three years.
The state currently tracks roughly 1,575 parolees using its current electronic tether technology.
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has requested $1.7 million in funding next year for the GPS system, which will use as many as 1,000 passive units that permit offenders to inform officials about their locations.
The system, which has a monitoring accuracy of 30 feet or less, will also use 50 active systems for transmitting alerts to officers when the parolee strays into restricted areas.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from Associated Press (04/14/06) .