Offenders may be placed on house arrest if convicted of a crime. When on house arrest, the offenders are equipped with a metal ankle bracelet that tracks their movements and must be worn at all times. Sometimes offenders are permitted to work and must check in with parole officers when they leave for work and come home. Offenders may be placed on house arrest if they are not a serious danger to others.
White Collar Crimes
Some house arrest offenders are placed on house arrest after being convicted of a white collar crime such as fraud or embezzlement. An offender has committed fraud when he or she dishonestly makes a business transaction at the expense of others and have something to gain from it. Fraud is commonly committed when buying or selling real estate, personal property or stocks and bonds. Embezzlement occurs when you wrongfully obtain property by lying or tricking someone.
Drinking While Under the Influence or Intoxicated
Offenders charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) are sometimes allowed to serve time on home incarceration instead of in jail. Someone can be convicted of DUI if they've been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Someone can be convicted of DWI if it's been proven the driver's blood alcohol content was above the legal limit in their state.
In some states, sex offenders may be put on house arrest if they aren't a serious treat to others, especially if the local jail is at full capacity. Some states are committing sex offenders to lifetime GPS tracking. With real-time GPS tracking, the offender wears an ankle bracelet at all times and a satellite tracks his or her location. If the offender enters an area they are not permitted, such as a playground, authorities are notified.