Report faults California’s electronic monitoring of youth

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A new report out of Berkeley Law comes down hard on the increasingly common practice of electronically monitoring young Californians in the juvenile justice system. 

Catherine Crump

Catherine Crump

 “We learned that the monitors may be setting kids up for failure,” said Catherine Crump, director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at Berkeley Law, which partnered with the East Bay Community Law Center to produce the report. “The terms are too onerous, kids are monitored for too long, and the rules are arbitrarily enforced.”

The report is the first in-depth look at the effects of a practice that, while generally perceived as a less punitive alternative to incarceration, is burdensome and may entail home confinement, invasive surveillance, compliance with dozens of rules and high fees.

Read more about the report on the Berkeley Law website