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Broome County Launches Alcohol Monitoring Program for 1st Time Drunk Drivers

The Broome County District Attorney started a voluntary alcohol monitoring program for 1st DWI Offenders.  The program requires participants to wear an ankle monitor for 90 days and enroll in alcohol-related counseling.  Participants must also participate in a crime victim impact panel session.  The ankle monitor is worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the monitoring period.  The program is available to...

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Soap Actress Jensen Buchanan Re-Arrested After violating Alcohol-Monitoring Requirements

Soap Actress Jensen Buchanan was re-arrested after allegedly drinking while on probation for driving under the influence.  The embattled One Life to Live and Another World actress was released from jail late last year after serving two months in jail for a DUI with injury case that left one man critically injured.  As a condition of her release, Buchanan was required to wear an alcohol...

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California Man’s Bail Reduced with Proof of GPS Monitoring

Originally Robert Fuentes Jr. had bail set at $75k when he allegedly tampered with the victim in a kidnapping and assault case out of Cascade County, Montana.  Fuentes is believed to have threatened a woman who was held against her will in a hotel and violently beaten.  Authorities suggest that Fuentes called the victim and threatened that the suspect and his family would pursue felony...

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St. Lawrence County to Begin Electronic Monitoring Program

Today marks the first day that the St. Lawrence County Probation Department will begin implementing their electronic monitoring program.  Defendants will be able to avoid jail pretrial by submitting to electronic monitoring.  The county received a $196,596 grant from the Division of Criminal Justice Services to use 39 devices each year.  The probation department will implement use of four different devices: an alcohol monitoring bracelet,...

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Illinois Man Required to Wear Alcohol Monitoring Bracelet after crashing into house while driving under the influence

Harry Phelan, 31, of DeKalb County, was arrested for a 4th offense driving under the influence charge after he allegedly crashed into a house while drunk.  He has been released from jail and is required to undergo 24 hour a day alcohol monitoring with an alcohol monitoring bracelet such as a SCRAM device.  Phelan, according to authorities, has three prior drunk driving convictions and is...

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Father charged in death of children required to wear alcohol-monitoring bracelet

A Rancho Bernardo, California man pleaded not guilty to charges of Child Endangerment causing death, reckless fire starting causing great bodily injury and involuntary manslaughter after authorities believe he passed out with a lit cigarette.  Authorities believe he drank himself asleep, dropping the lit cigarette.  The cigarette set his Bernardo Terrace condo on fire.  His two children were in the home with him at the...

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Teen involved in Deadly DUI crash required to wear alcohol monitoring bracelet

19-year-old Karly Ann Parker was pleaded not guilty late last year to three charges of reckless endangerment and one count of vehicular manslaughter due to her involvement in a fatal car crash that resulted in the death of her passenger.  Parker entered the plea at her arraignment in the Pierce County Superior Court.  According to court records, the teen was driving 19-year-old Kaitlin Taylor and...

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Yellowstone County to Implement SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring

Judges in Billings, Montana have begun to require defendants to wear GPS Monitoring bracelets and SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring bracelets as a condition of their release from jail prior to going to trial.  The Yellowstone County Detention Facility provides the monitoring for a fee from $2 to $15 a day depending on the type of monitoring.  As the county continues to focus on jail alternatives...

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Sarah Palin’s son released on house arrest

Track Palin, 28, was arrested earlier this month for allegedly assaulting his father, Todd Palin.  The oldest son of former Alaska governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate, Sarah Palin, was released on $5,000 bail.  As a condition of his release, Track is required to remain under 24-hour supervision through a GPS device worn on his ankle.  The ankle monitor is being supervised by Alaska Pretrial Services. He...

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Embattled New York Judge must continue to wear ankle bracelet

The legal troubles are still looming for Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio.  Earlier this month Judge William Kocher denied a motion to end her probation.  The Judge found that Astacio violated the terms of her conditional release which included alcohol monitoring through a SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring device.  The judge found that Astacio would remain on probation and would be required to continue monitoring...

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