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Electronic monitoring / Virtual incarceration

Smart cities look beyond traditional incarceration methods to manage low-risk offenders. Electronic monitoring, often in the form of ankle or wrist bracelets, track a person’s location via GPS or radio frequency identification. These devices utilize continuous signaling, ensuring that authorities are aware in real-time of any location changes. Electronic monitoring not only provides what some believe is an appropriate response to low-risk offenders, it also can lower costs by shifting such convicts outside traditional jails.

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