This Alternet piece by James Kilgore explores the experience of a wide range of individuals who have experienced electronic monitoring. We hear the voice of “Maurice” who, after spending nearly two decades in prison, found being on a monitor much like a tease, “like winning the lottery and then finding you lost the ticket” was how he put it. The author also interviewed juvenile justice lawyer Kate Weisburd in the Bay Area who pointed out how the latest research into the psychological development of juveniles shows how incompatible strict EM programs are for folks in their teens. Norma Wassel, a Massachusetts attorney, discussed the challenges for poor people, especially those who are without houses, in managing an EM regime. In some instances individuals on monitors are even expected to have a landline telephone, adding extra costs to people who are already struggling to survive (and how many people want a landline phone these days, anyway? To read this piece visit: http://www.alternet.org/human-rights/electronic-monitoring-restrictive-and-wrong
About the author
James Kilgore is an activist , writer and educator based in Urbana, Illinois. He is a Soros Justice Fellow for 2017-18. His project, Challenging E-Carceration, focuses on electronic monitoring in the criminal legal system.