(INDIANAPOLIS) – People released from jail with ankle monitors will face closer supervision under a bill passed by the House.
The Senate has already passed a bill capping the number of offenders a single worker is responsible for tracking The House version doesn’t set a fixed number — Carmel Republican Jerry Torr says while the Senate bill sets different limits for violent and nonviolent offenders, other factors like prior criminal records mean some offenders may need closer tracking than others. The House bill asks for recommendations from an advisory council.
Both the House and Senate versions require monitoring staff to alert the supervising agency within 15 minutes if an offender goes off the grid or is tracked to a location he’s barred from visiting. The bills require police to send an officer to arrest violators within two days of receiving a warrant for violating monitoring rules. For violent offenders, police would have to pursue the arrest within an hour.
The Senate will have to decide whether to accept or reject the House’s changes.
The bill is part of a package of five anti-crime bills introduced by Indianapolis Senate Republicans. The House also made changes to a bill making it easier for Marion County’s various police agencies to work together. A grant fund for Marion County and two bills to revise the bail system died in House committees, though the House has passed a bill of its own to limit the reach of charitable bail organizations.