False Alarm

I just found this video online. A reporter documented a mock week of house arrest. She wore what appears to be the same ankle bracelet that I have on my ankle this year, or, at least, a similar one. The fake terms of her house arrest are slightly different from mine, but, nonetheless, this is an interesting example of what house arrest can be like.

This video shows one late-night example of how the GPS equipment can generate false locations, which leads to alerts, if the error occurs during a time when the offender is not approved to be away from home. Alerts can also lead to prosecuting the offender, based on evidence that he or she was out of bounds. Thus, a probation violation that could have serious consequences may occur. Sometimes, I fear, even when the alert came from false GPS information. I find it very troubling that this happens. My GPS bracelet has recently generated a cacophony of false alerts and wildly inaccurate GPS locations, usually when I’ve been not only at home, but asleep in my bed. A few weeks ago, my PO told me that he had an alert that claimed that I’d wandered into a GPS point in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Recently, there have been alerts that have suggested that I have left my apartment in the early hours of the morning, for an hour or so, and ventured down local streets. I have never, even once, left my apartment without prior notice or approval. I never would. Especially when I am barely two months away from freedom! My annoyance at these alerts has escalated into deep concern. I didn’t pay them much mind until today, when it was brought to my attention that, despite the fact that I have never acted in violation, enough alerts have come through the system that the monitoring company is considering moving forward on violating me in court. I have already submitted a request to my apartment manager for the surveillance tapes, which would prove that I never left my apartment. I was also told today that the monitoring company would be very willing to testify against me in court, if they choose to move on a violation.

As you can imagine, this is very distressing for me. I have zero control over any faulty equipment. That said, my equipment has been changed multiple times, and the alerts still happen. I don’t know why. I don’t know what to do, because I can’t control when there is a false alert. All I can control is whether or not I break any rules, which I haven’t. If it comes down to me presenting surveillance videos and getting my lawyer involved, then I’ll have no choice but to go along with it and pay the costly legal bills, yet again.

I sympathize with the probation officers, knowing that it is their job to rely on the information that comes from the equipment that they are paid to trust. I really do. But, this isn’t my job. It is my life, and it’s scary to know that it could be seriously affected by something that I have zero control over.

65 days to go.

6 thoughts on “False Alarm

  1. This is awful…I am scared for you. I know how it feels to be out of control of your own fate with this situation. When I had to do my time I had a Detention Officer that would harrass me every night. I was terrified she would be the cause of me having to stay longer. I currently have the ankle monitor like you & it is frightening to think a malfunctioning device could potentially take away my freedom even longer. I am sending you good vibes!

    • Thank you! I actually got a call from my PO this morning. He told me that it was discovered that the alerts were coming from a computer programming problem. He apologized for suggesting that I was doing something wrong, and told me that he now knows that the alerts were not my fault. He also gave me back privileges to use my apartment gym, which he had taken previously taken away from me, as punishment, when he suspected that I’d been sneaking out.

      I am really, really looking forward to this whole thing being over.

      Thanks again for your support!

      • Good to hear! Hang in there girly…you are almost at the end of this & you have many many supporters! I look forward to seeing what is next for you professionally. You are incredibly talented & I hope you continue blogging. You have such great wit & can capture an audience thru your story telling.

  2. Wow! Being so close to freedom, I would be scared too.

    Is there any way you could just go to county jail for the remainder of the time? With over crowding, especially in Los Angeles, 65 days would probably turn into three weeks. I’m not sure though, that’s what it was, 10 years ago.

    Jail sucks, but it would be over sooner.

    I had a friend get busted for a second DUI. The judge offered him three choices – 1. Four days in county jail 2. Two weekends at a city jail that he paid for, OR 3. Seven days of house arrest.

    He chose the four days in county and was released within 18 hours. Options two and three would have been the entire time.

    What sucks is, you’re doing all this for something that should be legal anyways.

    Best of luck to you, and keep blogging!

  3. are you serious miles?? what a hassle! as if you would wander up and down the streets for shits and giggles–especially this close to the finish line. it isn’t your fault the monitoring company is clearly using sub par equipment.

  4. lamentablemente cuando uno esta sufriendo una pena penal, como el arresto domiciliario, pierde gran parte de libertad, y esta bajo el poder de estado.
    Es lamentable que sufra esa limitación de libertad, pero es poco tiempo, hay reos que tiene mucho mas tiempo bajo libertad vigilada

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