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Judge Paul Bonin improperly required people who appeared in his courtroom to purchase ankle monitors from a private company run by one of his former law partners, a lawsuit says.
Advocates question why Chicago judges continued to order people to home detention instead of releasing them on their own recognizance.
A survey of roughly 1,000 people found that 1 in 5 had been turned down for a diversion program because they couldn’t afford the costs of drug tests and monitoring devices.
A Prisoner Review Board memo released in July requires a minimum of 12 hours of movement with ankle monitors, but some people say they’re still being given far less.
Advocates warn that overuse of ankle monitors and other forms of electronic monitoring produce consequences of their own.
A lawsuit is challenging Mohave County’s practice of charging certain people for mandatory GPS monitoring before trial.