How Much Does House Arrest Cost?
House arrest is an alternative way of confining a defendant to a certain residence instead of serving time in jail. It is also known as home confinement, home detention, or electronic monitoring. House arrest does not allow the defendant to travel or in some cases even go outside the house. This type of confinement can provide an advantage to both the defendant and the government. House arrest is much cheaper for the government; rather than paying the cost for you to be in jail, you will pay the cost of being monitored. House arrest also allows the defendant to be in the comfort of a home with a limited amount of freedom rather than being stuck in prison.
The way house arrest works is by placing an electronic device, usually referred to as a tether, around the defendant’s ankle. This unit will be monitored and will send a signal to the monitoring company if the wearer leaves the designated area at any time. This tether is unable to be removed unless you have the key or code, something to which only the officer will have access.
How much does it cost?
- On average, house arrest is going to cost around $5 to $20 per day. This price will greatly depend upon the program, the geographical location, and the company providing the service.
- Depending on the state in which the house arrest is being done, some may charge a portion of the gross income of the culprit.
- According to legal-eagles.com, a law firm composed of 7 attorneys, house arrest or electronic monitoring could cost $10 – $15 per day.
- Not only that, according to Mwjustice.com, a defendant should expect to pay around $125 for the first week of supervision not including other additional fees.
- A forum thread on the website PrisonTalk.com talks about how people paid anywhere from $40 to $110 a week for house arrest.
What is it to be included?
- During house arrest, the defendant has lost his/her freedom. He has to be concealed inside the house and is not allowed to go beyond the given premises. House arrest means that there will be monitoring for 24 hours a day.
- The GPS unit that will be placed on the defendant’s ankle will be included in the price you pay for monitoring. This will help authorities monitor the activity of the defendant.
- The suspension of land line phone or any telecommunication devices may be included depending on the type of house arrest. Other rules may include no computers, fax machines, answering machines, etc.
- To get on house arrest, most companies will require two forms of ID, copy of check stubs, and a utility bill.
What are the extra costs?
- The extra costs should depend on the agency you wish to handle your house arrest. Most agencies are going to charge a start up cost. This start up cost can be anywhere from $150 to as much as $500 and is considered a one-time fee. This includes your Satellite tracking GPS unit installed to your ankle and other gadgets needed.
- An attorney’s notary is also needed, which usually rate from $1 – $10 per notary.
- If you are on house arrest that does not even allow you to leave the home, you may have to hire someone to run errands for you or do other basic tasks is you have no family members or friends that can do so.
- If there is a reason that you need to leave the house, such as a doctor’s appointment or job, this must be prearranged with monitoring company. For some things, you may need an escort which will result in an additional fee.
- In order to earn house arrest, you may need the help of an attorney.
Factors that influence the price:
- Recommendation. House arrest agencies that are recommended by the court are more expensive than the others.
- The location. The location of the defendant also affects the fees on daily basis. House arrest agencies should provide you the total expenses during the confinement of the defendant.
- Capacity & Reliability. Agencies that have been offering house arrest measures for years rate higher than others do. Because of its specialty and caliber in terms of house arrest, you should expect higher rate from them.
Tips to know:
- Try to negotiate with the agency and ask for cheaper program.
- Always read the terms and condition generated by the agency before signing up for the service.
- Last thing, prepare yourself for the confinement. Get exactly what you will need in the house since you will not be able to leave very often.
- Only some people may be eligible for house arrest.
How can I save money?
- With house arrest programs, try to compare the companies in your local area. What you are going to find out is that there is more than likely quite a few from which you can choose. When comparing, make sure that you research at least three companies and also make sure that they follow local court guidelines.
- Talk with your attorney to see what options you have. House arrest may be one of the many options that you have.