Criminal justice agencies increasingly leverage offender tracking technology in the supervision of accused and
convicted criminal offenders. According to a 2016 survey conducted by The Pew Charitable Trusts, agencies were
supervising more than 88,0001 individuals with offender tracking technology, a 30-fold increase from the roughly
2,900 reported a decade earlier.
Although this represents a rapid growth curve, it may be expected that as initiatives across the country designed to
reduce jail and prison populations gain traction, the use of this technology as a means to safely supervise
individuals in the community will further expand. In light of the increasingly important role that offender tracking
technology plays in community supervision, the Justice Technology Information Center (JTIC), a program of the
National Institute of Justice (NIJ), embarked on an effort to better understand the challenges faced by agencies and
the assistance they require to make better decisions about identifying, evaluating, selecting, procuring and
implementing this technology.
Russo, Joe, and George B. Drake. Justice Technology Information Center, April 2018