Smartphones allow for new tools and options to be accessed on the phone to assist in reentry and to increase safety and security

In some places, an ankle bracelet is thought of as a piece of jewelry. But an ankle bracelet is also anelectronic device fastened around the ankle of a person who is being monitored by law enforcement authorities so they can track their whereabouts.

Ankle bracelets/monitors are used by law enforcement purportedly to protect society and advance rehabilitation by tracking people’s whereabouts. Studies show, however, that such devices fail at these goals, and in fact lead to more people being incarcerated due to malfunctions, false alarms, and minor technical violations. With modern technology, we have access today to new, non-stigmatizing, alternatives that can work to meet these goals.