A variety of criminals are given electronic monitors to track their activities as a condition of parole and probation. These monitors have typically been on adult criminal offenders.
WSCOTV is reporting that right here in North Carolina, the number of kids with these type of monitors on has “skyrocketed”.
- Number of children wearing electronic monitors in N.C. has skyrocketed in the last three years
- In 2014, 807 children between the ages of 6 and 15 were assigned to electronic monitors
- Electronic monitoring serves as a ‘second chance’ for most offenders, who otherwise may have been jailed
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Lt. Lisa Carricker told Channel 9 that electronic monitors, or EMs, are sometimes a condition of release from jail for teens over 16 years old. The North Carolina Division of Juvenile Justice says they’re also often assigned as a term of juvenile probation. During the wait, Carricker said many teens attend regular classes.
What does ‘regular classes’ mean?
How many of these ‘second chances’ were given after assaulting a teacher or fellow student?
SB 343 is running through the Senate at the General Assembly right now. The bill makes assault a teacher a felony. Perhaps WSCOTV’s characterization of the electronic monitor use “skyrocketing” will become an understatement.
Hey, is this the real ‘school to prison pipeline’?