Ohio bracelet monitoring system not centralized

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s programs for electronic bracelet monitoring are divided between a small state effort and county-by-county systems.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has oversight of about 1,000 offenders divided into three separate programs, most of them part of a state-funded effort for city and county level inmates meant to reduce incarceration rates.

Many of the devices for Ohio offenders convicted of nonviolent crimes like theft are passive, meaning someone has to fail to check in before an alert is sent.

Other systems can send immediate alerts for more serious offenders that trigger search notices for authorities.

Sara Andrews, director of the state’s Adult Parole Authority, says the state is reasonably comfortable that safeguards are in place to prevent monitored offenders from disappearing and committing crimes.

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