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Non-violent offender tracking in Utah

Omnilink Systems : 14 November, 2007  (Application Story)
Offender monitoring systems to be put in place in Salt Lake City to track non-violent offenders who are released from jail.
Omnilink Systems has announced its offender monitoring solution has been chosen by Salt Lake County to electronically track non-violent offenders as they re-enter society.

Salt Lake County is launching the innovative monitoring program with a two-pronged goal: to increase the odds of offender rehabilitation, while enhancing public safety. Officials believe diligent monitoring of offenders with electronic tracking devices gives offenders a better chance at getting their lives back on track upon leaving jail.

Because the program's success depends upon the right offender monitoring technology, Salt Lake County rigorously evaluated numerous products. The County soon discovered that most GPS systems are unable to track indoors - a serious drawback. Omnilink's solution stood out as the only one that effectively tracks people indoors and outdoors through a groundbreaking combination of GPS and cellular technologies. When GPS signals are lost - for example, inside a building or a moving vehicle - cellular technology kicks in and keeps track of offenders.

Offenders who participate in the monitoring program will be fitted with Omnilink's unique one-piece offender monitoring device. Once placed on an offender, the device will alert officers immediately if the offender violates zones that are set as a condition of his or her release. The County will initially monitor approximately 50 offenders, with the goal of increasing this number to 1,000 in the near future.

Salt Lake County Sheriff James Winder commented on Omnilink's performance during the highly competitive bid process: "We really put the Omnilink offender monitoring devices through all the paces, and not only is the tracking uncommonly reliable, the device itself is revolutionary as it can monitor offenders anywhere, outdoors or indoors."

"We're extremely pleased to add such a forward-thinking county as a customer," stated Curtis Rapp, VP of Judicial Sales for Omnilink. "Winning the bid for Salt Lake County is a testament to how Omnilink's offender monitoring solution can meet the rigorous requirements of a large offender monitoring program."

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