Kane program actually four programs in one
By Steve Lord email@example.com September 29, 2013 7:58PM
Updated: November 1, 2013 6:17AM
GENEVA — Kane County’s electronic monitoring program currently supervises a total of 80 offenders.
But they are divided among several different forms of electronic monitoring. Those programs are:
■ Monitoring through radio frequency technology. In this program, adult offenders are monitored through a radio frequency transmitter placed on the offenders ankle that communicates with a field monitoring device placed in the home.
Most of the offenders on this program are monitored as an alternative to jail while they await trial. Electronic monitoring only has the ability to track offenders when they leave or enter their residence, making it an effective tool for house arrest or curfew monitoring, said Matt Peterson, adult electronic monitoring unit supervisor for Kane County Court Services.
Peterson said adult electronic monitoring officers are often in the field, traveling between 400 and 600 miles a week, servicing equipment, conducting home visits and verifying if offenders have left their homes for court-approved purposes.
This program currently has 31 offenders in it, and its volume peaked in December 2010 with 69 monitored adult offenders, Peterson said.
■ Juvenile homebound monitoring, which is done apart from the adult monitoring. Peterson said the juvenile program currently supervises 27 minors using the same radio frequency technology.
■ Passive GPS monitoring, in which adult offenders are watched through a GPS ankle device. Passive GPS automatically downloads the offender’s satellite tracked movement every four hours.
“But staff have the means to observe the offender’s location on a map, just like a car’s GPS unit tracks the car’s location, as often as necessary to see where defendants are in near real time,” Peterson said.
This program currently has seven offenders in it but was at its highest in June 2011 with 20 offenders.
■ Active GPS monitoring, which uses the same equipment and functions in the same manner as passive GPS monitoring, except the offender is tracked in near real time 24 hours a day. This program is required under Illinois law for offenders charged with violating an order of protection. There are 14 offenders in this program right now and peaked in May 2011 with 27 offenders, Peterson said.