Home Electronic Monitoring Program
Blue Ridge Court Services provides home electronic monitoring services for approved non-violent offenders referred from the Courts of Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta and Highland Counties. Our program utilizes home electronic monitoring equipment which monitors offender's movements in and out of their homes using voice recognition technology.
Va. Code 53.1-182.1 sets forth language that authorizes Blue Ridge Court Services to provide HEM services:
"Any city, county or combination thereof which elects or is required to establish a community corrections program (BRCS) pursuant to this article shall provide to the judicial system the following programs and services: community service; public inebriate diversion, home incarceration; electronic monitoring; probation supervision; and substance abuse testing and treatment."
Misdemeanor and felony offenders may be referred for home electronic monitoring by the judges of the District and Circuit Courts of Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta and Highland County. Both pretrial and post-conviction offenders are eligible. Basic requirements for eligibility include:
- Offenders must have a minimum active term of incarceration of 30 days.
- Offenders must not have a history of violent behavior or sex offenses.
- Offenders must have a standard telephone service with no special features such as call waiting, caller ID, etc.
- Offenders must be employed and have the ability to pay the daily supervision fee which covers the expense of monitoring equipment, supplies, etc.
HEM referrals may be initiated by the judges of the local courts in the following manner:
- In making the referral, the judge sets the terms and conditions of the monitoring contract establishing the period of supervision (60 days, 12 months, 1 year, etc.). The judge also sets the parameters of the offender's movement (24 hour per day lock down, allowed to go to work from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday, etc.)
- Once the referral is made, BRCS staff assesses the offender to ensure that he/she meets the minimum eligibility requirements using risk/needs assessment tools, criminal records checks and social history information.
- This assessment is returned to the court, commonwealth's attorney and the defense attorney within 72 hours of referral.
- If found to be eligible, the offender is released to the custody of Blue Ridge Court Services at which time he/she is oriented and subscribed to the HEM service.
- Time computation on the BRCS HEM Program will be day for day with no extraordinary good time credit allowed.
David T. Pastors
Blue Ridge Court Services
125 South New Street
Staunton, VA 24401