House arrest or otherwise known as house detention or confinement is a situation where a person who committed a crime is ordered to stay confined in their home by a judge. House arrest has certain rules that cannot be violated.
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Depending on their situation and ruling, a person on house arrest may be electronically monitored through a GPS tracking system. This electronic monitoring is called an ankle monitor that cannot be removed. It is electronically connected to local police headquarters and gives off signals when the person wearing it goes out of his allowed range.
Traveling, if allowed, is restricted for a person on house arrest. Some offenders are allowed to be employed and go to regular visits such as the doctors office but these must be pre-determined beforehand. The GPS tracking monitor will be discontinued during these times on those under house arrest who wear one, which is not everyone.
Other times the tracking system may be discontinued include visiting probation officers, the police station, school or observing religious services. Programs also allow for some offenders to do laundry and go food shopping.
Most offenders have a curfew that they must uphold. Whenever an offender is allowed to leave his home, he must report back to a higher authority when he returns.
In House Allowances
People under house arrest have access to television and the Internet but in many cases they do not have access to a telephone. In this case, telephone conversations will be monitored.