The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is attempting to change that with the help of Kentucky-based Corrisoft’s AIR wearable tech.
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Teenage offenders in New York City whose families cannot afford to pay bail likely go to prison to await a trial. But the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is attempting to change that with the help of Kentucky-based Corrisoft’s AIR (Alternative to Incarceration via Rehabilitation) technology. AIR consists of an ankle bracelet with a Bluetooth chip that tethers it to a smartphone. Traditional GPS bracelets operate on a 2G or 3G network, but using the GPS on a smartphone allows the information to be translated over a 4G network, improving the speed, accuracy and volume of information.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office will test that approach with a pilot program set to launch in September. Offenders between the ages of 16 and 18 that committed certain felonies will be eligible for the program. The ultimate goal is to keep teenagers that have committed a crime from being subjected to the violence of Riker’s Island, according to the New York Times. The smartphone technology does more than just track the offender; it also allows for real-time communication with the user.