This wonderful summary of a profound report done by the East Bay Community Law Center and the Samuelson Clinic of UC Berkeley Law school, reminds us that the use of electronic monitors on juveniles in California merits widespread attention. It is time to close the net of monitors and give freedom and support to youth involved in the criminal justice system, not incarceration in their homes. As Kate Weisburd of the EBCLC states EM policy generally “doesn’t help rehabilitation …(but)just makes kids feel alone and more disconnected.”
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.