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|July 14, 2003
Holland, Director of Communications
Massachusetts Probation Service's Electronic Bracelet Program
Enters Second Year
With More Than 400 Offenders Under House Arrest Statewide
number of probationers and parolees, monitored
by the Electronic Bracelet Program of the Office of the Commissioner
of Probation, has climbed to 432 this month. The program has
tracked a total of 2,800 offenders in the community since
its inception two years ago.
are offenders on house arrest in every county throughout the
Commonwealth," said Paul Lucci, Deputy Commissioner of Probation,
there are 395 probationers and 37 parolees on the electronic
bracelet in the state. Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk counties
have the largest number of offenders on the bracelet. The
Electronic Monitoring Program, referred to as ELMO by probation
officials, was designed to provide structure, control and
accountability for probationers and parolees as well as to
offer an extra layer of supervision by Probation Officers
Officers are responsible for hooking up the electronic bracelet
on an offender immediately following a judge's decision. Monitoring
through the Electronic Monitoring central office, equipped
with computers and database, is a 24-hour a day, seven-day
a week operation.
ELMO Program employs a number of professional, state-of-the-art
devices to monitor probationers and parolees in the community.
One device, a specialized wand, allows a probation officer
to drive by any location where an offender is - home, work,
doctor's appointment, etc.-- and read the bracelet of the
individual by simply pointing the wand in the direction of
the building or site. Another device, the Sobrietor, is used
to check the sobriety of an offender. The offender blows into
the device which determines if he or she has had any alcohol.
It was during the summer of 2001 when the ELMO Program got
underway in the Commonwealth. This marked the first time in
the history of the Massachusetts Probation Service when the
Service became responsible for monitoring its own probationers
by electronic bracelet. The Massachusetts Probation Service
also monitors parolees.
Massachusetts Probation Service is a department of the Massachusetts
Trial Court. There are 12 Superior Court, 70 District Court
and 12 Probate and Family Court probation offices throughout
the Commonwealth. Probation's Juvenile Court system includes
11 divisions which represent every county in the state. The
Office of the Commissioner of Probation (OCP) serves as the
central administrative office for the state Probation service
and the Office of Community Corrections which operates 23
Community Corrections Centers throughout the state.