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Ankle Bracelet Alarms Ignored

Agencies flooded by alerts, which lets real problems slip through

July 29, 2013
By DAVID B. CARUSO Associated Press Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Three decades after they were introduced as a crime-fighting tool, electronic ankle bracelets used to track an offender's whereabouts have proliferated so much that officials are struggling to handle an avalanche of monitoring alerts that are often nothing more sinister than a dead battery, lost satellite contact or someone arriving home late from work.

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