ELECTRONIC MONITORING PROGRAM
With the introduction of Assembly Bill 109, also known as the Public Safety Realignment, local counties absorbed much of the burden of inmates sentenced to more than a year in jail. Those inmates that normally would have been sentenced to several years in state prison are now sentenced to serve their time in the local county jail. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office responded to this challenge by creating an Electronic Monitoring Program (EMP) and increased the current Sheriff’s Parole population from around 100 inmates to over 800 inmates. The goal of this Unit is to assist the Sheriff in releasing lower risk inmates back into the community using Electronic Monitoring and Parole as the means of supervision to reduce jail overcrowding.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Electronic Monitoring and Parole Unit consists of one Sergeant, thirteen Deputy Sheriff’s, and two Sheriff’s Support Technician. The Unit supervises inmates released from custody into Post Release Supervision Programs. The Electronic Monitoring Unit supervises inmates released with an ankle monitor attached to them that has GPS tracking capabilities or alcohol monitoring capabilities. Deputies supervising these inmates ensure the inmates follow strict rules and regulations governing their whereabouts, work schedules and attendance to mandatory classes such as anger management, STEPS, NA, domestic violence classes, etc. Deputies maintain compliance of inmates released into the Electronic Monitoring Program or Sheriff’s Parole via routine home visits, GPS tracking, telephone tracking, or mail correspondence.
Electronic Monitoring Program