GPS monitoring is a tool used by the court system to allow certain low-risk offenders to go about their daily lives while being under the supervision of the courts. It can also be used in a more restrictive manner such as house arrest. GPS monitoring is a privilege that can be revoked by the court at anytime, for any reason. Participants pay a monthly monitoring fee to be on GPS and remain out of jail, and are fitted with an ankle bracelet and given a base unit that is located in their residence. GPS clients are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week by an independent monitoring agency and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office GPS staff. Any violation is immediately communicated to the monitoring agency and the Sheriff’s Office GPS staff, who will then follow-up on the violation and report to the court as necessary. Since the inception of the program, GPS monitoring has been useful in solving crimes in Calhoun County and other areas by confirming the presence of a suspect at a crime scene at the time the crime occurred.
Lt. Falon Hurst