Summary of What’s the Maker of Post-it Notes Doing in the Ankle Monitor Business? Struggling

Technology glitches are putting people in jail and driving law enforcement crazy.

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What’s the Maker of Post-it Notes Doing in the Ankle Monitor Business? Struggling summary
Post-it note maker 3M is off to a rocky start in the electronic ankle monitor business.

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Electronic ankle monitors are a cost-effective way for corrections agencies to free up jail space and save incarceration costs. The offender-monitoring business is also a lucrative industry – but as Post-it note maker 3M found out, the stakes are unusually high when technological glitches result in civil liberties violations and wrongful arrests. Bloomberg News reporter Lauren Etter lays out, 3M’s debut in the offender-monitoring business has gotten off to a rocky start. getAbstract recommends Etter’s piece to tech industry insiders and law enforcement professionals. 

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why corrections agencies around the world are using GPS-enabled ankle bracelets to monitor offenders;
  • How 3M, best known for its Post-it note products, came to enter the market for electronic ankle monitors; and
  • Why the stakes in the electronic monitoring business remain high. 
 

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The market for electronic ankle monitors – currently worth about $6 billion – is growing. Corrections agencies and police departments around the world use or plan to use GPS-enabled ankle bracelets to monitor parolees, people awaiting trial, registered sex offenders, asylum seekers and suspected terrorists. Besides enhancing public safety, the devices help reduce the costs of incarceration. Advocates maintain that the bracelets allow defendants to go about their daily lives, keep their jobs and remain integrated in society.  

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Lauren Etter is a reporter at Bloomberg News.


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