Using GPS Ankle Bracelets for Order of Protection Violators

Using GPS Ankle Bracelets for Order of Protection Violators

Last updated: April 2010

What is a GPS Ankle Bracelet?
A GPS ankle bracelet uses satellite technology to keep track of where an Order of Protection offender is at all times. In Illinois, someone who violates an Order of Protection may have the option to wear a GPS ankle bracelet instead of going to jail.

How does the GPS ankle bracelet work?
By keeping track of where the offender is, the GPS ankle bracelet will automatically send notification to the court, the offender and law enforcement personnel if the offender breaks the Order of Protection.

The victim will be notified when the offender is within 2500 feet of any protected address that is listed on the Order of Protection. If the victim is carrying their own battery operated GPS device, they can also be notified by cell phone if the offender is within 2500 feet of them. Law enforcement will also be notified of the violation.

The ankle bracelet is battery operated and can only be able to be removed with a screwdriver. The offender would have to charge the battery twice a day for two hours at a time. If the offender forgets to charge the battery, and the battery runs low, the police will immediately contact the offender.

How will the victim be notified of a violation?
If the victim chooses to be notified, they will be notified by the police or the law enforcement personnel of any violations.

If the victim chooses to be contacted by phone, an automatic voicemail will be sent to their phone telling them the offender has violated the Order of Protection. The victim will also be called to confirm the victim’s location. The operator will ask the victim if they “Are safe and can freely speak.” If the answer is no, then the operator and the monitoring center will immediately call 911.

The victim can also be notified by their battery operated GPS device.

The victim can also choose to not be notified of a violation.

What happens when an offender does not comply with the monitoring?
If an offender does not comply with the monitoring, the judge will arrest, re-issue the bond or enter and continue the monitoring device. An offender will be considered to have violated the monitoring program if the offender lets the battery die, cuts off the battery, doesn’t answer phone calls or comes within the areas that the offender is excluded from entering. If the offender does any of these things, they will be required to be in court the next day to have the judge make the determination of what will happen.

What is the Cost?
The court will give the victim a battery operated device for free. If the victim chooses to be notified by cell phone, the court will provide the victim with a cell phone if the victim does not already have a cell phone. The GPS ankle bracelet device will cost the offender $10 per day. If the offender fails to pay the daily cost, the court can impose a $200 fine.  

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