Ankle bracelet breakdown: Mass. losing track of criminals
Fox 25 - 04/23/2015
A FOX25 and Northeastern University School of Journalism investigation uncovered growing concerns from people inside and outside state government about the reliability of the electronic monitoring equipment used in Massachusetts.
The result is two-fold. Crime victims and the public are left with a false sense of security, while some probationers and parolees are being unfairly arrested.
In case after case, the accused or convicted criminals are not doing anything wrong, but the connection on their ankle bracelet is lost. The Probation Department often then makes the decision to issue a warrant for their arrest, even in cases where they have spoken to the individual about the signal problem.