An Assessment of the Indiana Department of Correction GPS Pilot Program

Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher: Indiana University. Center for Criminal Justice Research

Author(s): Terry Baumer; William Newby; Megan LaMade; Amy Seymour

Research Area: Justice; Social conditions

Keywords: public safety; criminal justice; law enforcement; evaluation

Type: Report

Coverage: Indiana


In February 2007 the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) implemented a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) pilot program for paroled sex offenders residing in Vanderburgh (Southern district) and St. Joseph (Northern district) counties. As part of this process, researchers at the Center for Criminal Justice Research were selected to document, describe, and assess the planning, design, and implementation of the pilot
program. Between October 2007 and June 2008 the research team worked with IDOC personnel, parole district supervisors and agents, community corrections staff, and the GPS vendor to collect the data for this assessment. This summary report presents the basic findings and recommendations of the study.