The Walton Family Foundation (WFF) recently approved a two-year grant of $137,111 to assist in the expansion of an existing Juvenile Offender Tracking System program in Phillips County through the Delta Bridge Project. The goal of the Juvenile Offender Tracking System program is to address the need for additional juvenile monitoring in Phillips County.
Like many communities in Arkansas, Phillips County has reached a pivotal point in their juvenile justice needs. With no local detention center, juveniles requiring any type of detention must be transported out of the county. Many home confinement programs are implemented in conjunction with electronic monitoring, which can include a variety of different components.
The Phillips County Juvenile Probation Division has chosen to utilize ankle bracelets that are field monitored by Global Positioning Systems (GPS). An offender wears an ankle bracelet that emits a unique signal to a home monitoring device. It communicates with a central computer and is monitored 24 hours a day. A grid is typically assigned and each offender is limited as to where he/she can go without violating the terms of their sentence. Close monitoring by the probation by the juvenile intake officer is key to the program’s success.
The Phillips County Juvenile Probation Division will oversee the expansion and implementation of the Juvenile Offender Tracking System program under the leadership of Jarvis Smith, Director. “The Juvenile Offender Tracking System will increase the options available to the Juvenile Court Judge and Juvenile Offender Trackers as they work to deter criminal behavior,” said Smith. “With additional ankle bracelets, a greater impact can be made to change the patterns of behavior and curb criminal or delinquent activity in the youth of Phillips County.”
For more information about the Phillips County Juvenile Accountability Program contact Kimberly Clement at [email protected]