DC Tests GPS Devices to Track Young Offenders Released into Community

September 28, 2010

The D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services is using global positioning system devices to keep track of young offenders released into the community.

The agency says it has contracted with Satellite Tracking of People LLC, the same company used by the city's adult
probation department, for the pilot program in which youth wear GPS devices on their ankles.

The system allows case managers to monitor whether youth under their supervision are participating in school and treatment programs as well as to enforce house arrest. Workers receive an e-mail alert if the juveniles violate their schedule or boundaries.

The move comes after nearly a dozen youth under the agency's supervision have been charged with murder and more than six have been killed.

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