Electronic technology tools have become a necessity for community corrections programming to ensure that individuals are effectively and efficiently supervised. This course will provide you with an overview of some of the major tools currently available for use in community supervision, the types of individuals for whom the tools are best suited, and issues to consider when using various technologies. This course is intended for newly hired supervision staff of community corrections agencies.
This activity is approved for 1.75 contact hours.
This activity is approved for 1.75 STC credit hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Types of Electronic Supervision Tools, Limitations, and Target Populations
Types of Electronic Supervision Technology
House Arrest Units
Offender Tracking Systems (OTS)
Ignition Interlock Devices
Continuous Remote Alcohol Detection Systems
Section 3: Considerations for Choosing Technology
Considerations for Matching Technology to Offenders
Type of Offenses
Types of Release
Officer Considerations for Using Technology
Section 4: Conclusion
George Drake, MBA. During his 25-year career with the Probation and Parole Division in New Mexico, Mr. Drake served in a number of capacities within the agency. Starting as a line probation/parole officer in 1981, he learned firsthand the many demands of supervising a large caseload of felony offenders. He served as New Mexico's first Intensive Supervision District Supervisor beginning in 1988. In that capacity, he developed strategies to manage the state's highest risk offenders, including the implementation of an RF house arrest monitoring system. He became a Deputy Region Manager in 1997, a Region Manager in 1998 and was promoted to the Deputy Director of the Probation and Parole Division in New Mexico in 2003.Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS
In January of 2007, Mr. Drake retired from government service and started a consulting company. He currently is under contract with the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center to provide technical assistance to agencies developing electronic monitoring programs.
Mr. Drake is best known for his pioneering work in offender tracking technologies. Before GPS satellites services were publicly available, he was working with scientists at Sandia National Laboratories to develop the offender tracking concept. His work has been published in engineering and corrections journals.
Mr. Drake holds a Master of Business Administration degree from New Mexico Highlands University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology.
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new staff joining the Relias Content Department. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 25 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, publication development, and training and technical assistance development and delivery.
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