Report: Offenders on home detention not monitored 24/7

SEATTLE (AP) — Many judges in Washington state have assigned more people convicted of crimes or awaiting trial for charges to electronic home monitoring in an effort to create more room in county jails during the pandemic. KING-TV reported that offenders are fitted with an electronic ankle bracelet under the monitoring program. The Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention then receives an alert if someone breaks the conditions of their detention. However, the television station investigated and found that department employees do not see violation alerts outside their regular Monday through Friday hours. The department responded to the report Tuesday, saying there is no loophole and that it has never monitored alerts of violations 24/7.