A lot of clients and potential clients have questions about home detention and how it works it Tucson. It is officially called H.D.E.M.P.
Purpose of Program
- Provides and alternative to Incarceration fro non-violent misdemeanor and even felony offenders.
- Fosters reentry to community by allowing employment, treatment, family relationships and education to continue.
- provides accountability and tracking through GPS
- Saves space in jail for violent offenders and increases public safety
- avoids over-crowding issues and stress to system
Some interesting statistics
- 97% Success rate for misdemeanors and 92% for felonies
- Saved about $418,000 per year so far.
- 30% are female participants
Types of charges that qualify
- All but 3 of the types of types of cases that qualify are DUI related.
The Jail is in charge of whether you actually get home detention.
- No guarantee as part of plea agreement. Judge can make you eligible to apply for it but eligibility to apply does not guarantee acceptance into program. It is 100% the Pima County Jail’s decision.
- They won’t even screen you for program until you plea guilty and are ordered to serve jail time.
- Must give the jail at least 30 days to screen you for home detention program. Must contact them 30 days before report date so they can run your background check.
Start to Finish : The Process
- Person is Sentenced by Judge to Jail either through a plea agreement, court plea or conviction at trial.
- Person or his lawyer asks the Judge for Work Release and/or Home Detention or suspended jail time.
- Person reports to serve jail time (30 days prior for Home Detention)
- Evaluated for Work release
- Evaluated for Home Detention/GPS
- The ankle monitor is installed if the person qualifies and after doing the minimum jail time of 24 hours or 20% or sentence depending on what type of sentence they have.
- Person checks in with Jail case manager weekly or bi-weekly
- No alcohol or drug use allowed and they will randomly test for it. Additionally some people are placed with alcohol monitors.
- Defendant may be removed out of program by Sherriff or Court for a variety of reasons.
- Sheriff’s Department pays for monitoring defendants
- Sheriff’s Department pays provides law enforcement action if needed.
- Ankle monitor is removed at end of sentence and person is given credit for jail time equally as of he or she spent it all behind bars.
Next post will into more details on reasons why person may not qualify.