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DJJ to Track Youthful Offenders Electronically

Electronic Monitoring Contributes to Juvenile Justice Reform

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Tallahassee -- The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) this week implemented an electronic monitoring (EM) program for youthful offenders, providing an alternative to confinement in detention facilities.

EM is a community-based alternative to secure detention and is also a progressive alternative for youth in violation of their court-ordered sanctions but who don’t otherwise meet the criteria for commitment to a DJJ residential facility. EM utilizes Global Positioning Satellite tracking devices attached to the youth’s ankle. The agency will work with judges and state attorneys to determine whether EM is the appropriate alternative to secure placement.

"This state-of-the-art tool is another example of Florida leading the way in juvenile justice reform," said DJJ Secretary Wansley Walters. "EM will lead to continued reductions in unnecessary and inappropriate detention, saving money and providing hope for kids who would otherwise be confined."

DJJ has distributed 350 of the devices to DJJ employees throughout the state. They have been trained by 3M Electronic Monitoring, which provides the devices and training under contract to the agency. The employees are responsible for installing and activating the EM equipment and for responding to violation alerts. In December, DJJ notified the chief judge, state attorney and public defender in each of Florida’s twenty judicial circuits of the new program.

As DJJ’s contract provider, 3M Electronic Monitoring will be responsible for the 24-hour monitoring of youth ordered by court into the program, including tampering with the device.

"3M Electronic Monitoring is pleased to be selected by Florida DJJ for this important program," said Paul Drews, 3M Electronic Monitoring Vice President of Sales. "As a Florida based company, we are especially proud to be providing our blend of innovative technologies, proven service and unmatched reliability to help DJJ fulfill its important responsibilities."

Click here for 3M Electronic Monitoring’s webpage describing the EM devices.

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