How Much Does an Ankle Monitor Cost?
An ankle monitor, known to most people as a tether, has truly revolutionized the ways of criminal justice. Over the years, the use of this device became a common sight on people who were under house arrest or on parole. Ankle monitors work by sending a radio frequency signal that will alert the receiver regarding the location of the one wearing it. If an offender steps outside the allowed range, he or she will be detected automatically by the device, alerting the authorities. Ankle monitors are also tamper-resistant and have the ability to alert authorities if the wearer attempts to remove it or damage it in some way.
How much does it cost?
- This is an unusual device that is mostly used (although not solely restricted) by law offenders, especially minors, who have been given the opportunity of a second chance rather than spending time in prison. According to an article on the website ArkansasMatters.com, the lawmakers’ concern on the high price of ankle monitors. This does not come as surprise as each ankle monitor costs about $213.00 to regulate.
- In a blog about the use of ankle monitors in Allegheny County jail in Pennsylvania, it was revealed that each ankle monitor costs $2,500. The Sentencing law and Policy blog also reported the high demand of the said device for minor criminals.
- Some states require their offenders to pay for the ankle monitors. This payment is charged per day that it is worn, not according to the price of the device itself. This enables the government to save money on jail guards, CCTVs and other jail facilities. Deloitte.com featured a case study on the use of ankle monitors and revealed that the average daily cost of using such technologies averages as little as $5 to $25.
What is going to be included?
- For law offenders who do not want to spend time in jail, they will usually shoulder the cost of the ankle monitor. In return, the offenders receive a chance to correct themselves and continue with their daily lives rather than serve a sentence in jail. However, only those minor offenses qualify for the ankle monitoring program.
- If this kind of service is allowed in your state, you will be given the option to purchase the said device directly from them or through a third party provider. These ankle monitors are tracked through GPS (Global Positioning System). The units will then be adjusted to each person’s mandated monitoring. It can be adjusted as house only, country only or any other specific court mandates. The offender will then wear the monitor on his ankle at all times.
- After the offender has served his sentence of house arrest, the ankle monitor will then be removed for good.
What are the extra costs?
- If you are an offender who will use an ankle monitor, you will not pay for anything other than the ankle monitor itself. However, some states require that you also pay a per-day fee or a processing fee.
- Anytime the law is involved, there will be costs such as court fees, lawyer fees, etc. that you will have to pay.
- If you are a private individual who wants to use ankle monitors for other reasons, you will have to purchase the receiver, or the monitoring system, as well as the device itself.
Factors that influence the price:
- Type of ankle monitor. Not all ankle monitors are the same. Some are much more sophisticated than the others. An expensive ankle monitor is an alcohol-sensitive monitor that detects the changes in a person’s blood alcohol content (BAC) via skin contact. This was designed since most offenders are not allowed to consume alcohol while on house arrest.
- Manufacturers. Although they are in the same range, prices vary based on the brand.
- Shipping fees. Since you can buy ankle monitors online, expect to pay for the shipping fees.
Tips to know:
- You can buy ankle monitors online. There are different sites dedicated to bail bonding. Most of these sites will give you reasonable rates and help you to understand every step of the process. You just need to find a bail bonding service company that can be in contact with the court which has charged the house arrest.
- Although there are different types of ankle monitors, the court may require you to get a specific one. For example, if the crime you committed had something to do with alcohol, the court may require the type of monitor that can regulate your blood alcohol content. This can be more expensive, but you will have no choice but to comply.
How can I save money?
- Find manufacturers that offer reasonably low prices. However, if you decide to get one through the jail, there is no way you can save money since the price is already fixed by the state.
- Because people purchase ankle monitors to be used for only a short period of time, there are many used monitors available. However, the court will need in inspect the monitor before they will allow you to use it.