Electronic Monitoring Program

Electronic Monitoring (EM) is a fairly new concept in the judicial and executive field.  EM is a concept of utilizing Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) and cellular technology (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, etc) to monitor a defendant’s whereabouts to ensure compliance with Court and Probation orders as well as with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.  Governed by a series of geo-fences, defendants are continuously being monitored to ensure locations at specific times, avoidance of restricted areas such as No contact Orders (NCO) and Protection Orders (PO) and even abstinence from drugs and/ or alcohol.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office currently provides three EM affiliated programs within its Alternative Sentencing program.

Electronic Monitoring:
Fee: $25 per day    *see eligibility requirement for the EM program below

Program is designed for all sentenced individuals.  All participants are subject to random drug and alcohol tests at the participant’s own cost in addition to the daily fee.  Participation is generally restricted to medically disabled individuals, those on SSI and at the discretion of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, self-employed individuals.  Documentation and proof of medical hardship or self-employment may be required for acceptance into program.

Pre-Trial:  
Low Risk: $10 per day due in weekly or bi-monthly increments
High Risk: $15 per day due in weekly or bi-monthly increments

Program is designed for individuals who are awaiting trial.  Participants must be eligible for bond and eligible for pre-trial release by the Judge.  All participants are subject to random drug and alcohol tests at the participant’s own cost in addition to the daily fee.  Differentiation between Low and High Risk is based solely upon either or any combination of NCO/ PO’s in place, charge, bond amount and current residence location

Work Search:
Fee: $10 per day due in weekly or bi-monthly increments

Program is designed for sentenced individuals who have All Options available to them through the courts.  Primarily, these are individuals sitting in jail who originally did not qualify for any Alternative Sentencing Program initially.  Eligible individuals are taken on a first-come, first-served priority list of those who have jobs currently in place and are verifiable, those who have leads in job prospects and those who need to search for work.  All participants are subject to random drug and alcohol tests at the participant’s own cost in addition to the daily fee.  Participants are housed in the Work Release Center during the duration of their work search.

Eligibility Requirements for the EM Program

  • Defendant must meet the Alternative Sentencing Program General requirements.
  • Sentence of 30 days or less must pay all fees up front before starting.  More then 30-day sentence must pay at least for first thirty days in advance and then every 30-day.
  • Co-habitant waiver form must be signed by any adult 18 years of older living with the participant
  • The defendant is subject to home check
  • The defendant must provide documentation for any appointments to leave house.