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Monitoring With Smartphones: A Survey of Applications  

Russo, Joe, George Drake. Journal of Offender Monitoring, Volume 30 no. 1, Spring/ Summer 2017, p. 5-16. 

https://www.civicresearchinstitute.com/online/article_abstract.php?pid=13&aid=8678&iid=1327

Abstract: The power of today’s smartphone combined with its prevalence in society have made smartphone applications a very attractive supervision tool, one without the stigma associated with more traditional electronic monitoring devices. The Journal invited all known companies currently offering smartphone-based supervision services to complete an extensive survey, with questions about the functionality of the applications they offer. Eleven companies responded to the survey and the results are organized in six groups of tables covering basic approach and technical requirements; verification of offender identity and proximity to smartphone; general supervision and monitoring; offender support functionality; location monitoring; and data, platform and reporting capabilities. The primary objective of this survey is to provide agencies with a better understanding of the technology and what it can do, the market participants and their offerings, and as a starting point for agencies employing offender monitoring to their supervision workloads, and researchers seeking to study the impact and effectiveness of this new approach to offender monitoring.

Using Mobile Phone Technology to Provide Recovery Support for Women Offenders

Scott, Christy K., Kimberly Johnson, Michael L. Dennis. Telemedicine journal and e-health : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association, Volume 19 no. 10, October 2013, p767-771. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3787367/

Abstract: Background Mobile technology holds promise as a recovery tool for people with substance use disorders. However, some populations who may benefit the most may not have access to or experience with mobile phones. Incarcerated women represent a group at high risk for recidivism and relapse to substance abuse. Cost-effective mechanisms must be in place to support their recovery upon release. This study explores using mobile technology as a recovery management tool for women offenders residing in the community following release from jail.

Specialized Smartphones Could Keep Released Offenders on Track for Successful Reentry

Green, Brannon and Christopher Rigano. April, 2020.

https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/specialized-smartphones-could-keep-released-offenders-track-successful-reentry

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), in a 2019 grant program, is engaging researchers to find new pathways for using smartphones and other mobile devices to help offenders returning to the community. Initially, a research team from Purdue University plans to develop devices that deploy artificial intelligence (AI) to provide early warning of risky offender behavior, as well as tools to curb that behavior and help offenders comply with reentry conditions.

Leveraging The Power of Smart phone Applications to Enhance Community Supervision.

American Probation and Parole Association April 7, 2020.

https://www.appa-net.org/eweb/docs/APPA/stances/ip-LPSAECS.pdf

This paper will address the use of smartphone applications installed on a client’s personal device, or a device provided to the client, to be used in support of the community supervision process.

 

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