In fact, recent studies showed that when GPS monitoring was used in cases of domestic violence, defendants were more likely to obey the rules of their probation.
Ramsey County will evaluate the effectiveness of the program for a year and then make a decision for going forward. The plan doesn’t call for a whole new program with a new funding stream. It calls for the offender to pay $10 a day for the program, and if they can’t pay, the county could used the money collected in its criminal forfeiture plan.
The pilot program is worth pursuing. It’s an innovative yet effective way to prevent domestic abusers from preying on their accusers and making the current system work to bring justice to the perpetrators and keep victims safe.