Assessment of the Indiana Department of Correction GPS Pilot Program

Service: Program evaluation

Research Areas: Criminal Justice, Public Safety

In the fall of 2007, SPEA and CCJR entered into a contract with the Indiana Department of Correction to conduct a study that documents, describes, and assesses the planning and implementation of a new program designed to track electronically the movement of individuals convicted of sex and violent offenses and then released to parole. This program uses a global positioning system (GPS) to track the movement of these individuals. The system can be programmed to identify prohibited locations, called exclusion zones, and define a warning area around those locations. When an individual with the equipment approaches or enters an exclusion zone, the system is designed to alert officials of the potential violation. For the pilot program, the Department of Correction monitors 100 individuals released to three Indiana counties. The assessment will provide feedback to the Department of Correction about implementation issues, resource demands, equipment reliability, and client performance.

Samuel Nunn
  • Samuel Nunn
  • Public Safety Research Director
Terry Baumer
  • Terry Baumer
Bill Newby
  • Bill Newby
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