BI'S RESPONSE TO 'INSIDE EDITION'
BOULDER, Colo., May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- BI Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: BIAC), the industry leader in electronically monitored systems for corrections today issued the following statement in response to "Inside Edition's" negative report on electronically monitored home arrest which aired on May 4. "Inside Edition" cited several isolated incidents of problems with electronically monitored home arrest programs. While it is true that failures have occurred in some of these programs, the overall success ratio relating to the reduced number of crimes by such programs is extremely high as compared with prisons where the crime cycle is actually perpetuated. Also it is true when compared with conventional probation and parole programs where numbers of offenses are multiples of those committed by offenders on electronically monitored home arrest. According to a March 1993 report issued by the Illinois Task Force on Crime and Corrections, the Illinois Department of Corrections since July 1989, has placed more than 6,139 inmates on electronic detention to serve the last portion of their sentence. Of these inmates, fewer than 4 percent have been arrested while on the program. Prisons and community corrections programs are populated with various levels of "criminal offenders" who by nature are often non- compliant. Electronically monitored home detention programs, while clearly not designed for all offenders, have had an overall success rate of 95 percent in the following terms: -- the crime cycle has been interrupted; -- rehabilitation has occurred; -- hundreds of thousands of offenders have successfully completed home arrest programs; -- savings to the U.S. taxpayers have already exceeded hundreds of millions of dollars. All forms of corrections have associated risks but all offenders can not be incarcerated because of the excessive cost to society. Therefore, electronically monitored home detention has been statistically proven to be a viable alternative to conventional incarceration in many cases. A successful home arrest program must include the following: -- careful selection of offenders for program; -- good equipment; -- accurate monitoring; -- rigid program implementation; -- stringent sanctions for the slightest violations. If private sector monitoring services are used, the companies must provide trained and certified operators, standardized policies and procedures, reliable equipment, back-ups and redundancy. Larry Price, chief probation officer of Tulare County, Calif. feels that electronically monitored home detention has provided the "extra edge" required to move ahead in community corrections. "Prior to 1991, Tulare County had traditional probation programs which were limiting in terms of contact and supervision of probationers. The electronically monitored home arrest program allows us to keep track of our probationers 24 hours per day, 7 days per week," said Price. Since its inception in 1984, electronically monitored home arrest has proven to be a cost effective alternative to conventional incarceration in most cases. -0- 5/10/93 /CONTACT: Joanna Manley of BI, 303-530-2911; or Tom Dean of Innovative Research, 212-421-2543, for BI/ (BIAC)
CO: BI Inc.; "Inside Edition" ST: Colorado IN: CPR SU:
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