How to Remove a House Arrest Bracelet


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How to remove house arrest bracelet in just a few easy steps.
If you want to remove a house arrest bracelet then there are a few things to consider first. Removing it is an offense that breaks your parole and will easily put you back in prison. Things gotta be pretty desperate if you’re reading this and need to remove that anklet. So here’s a few questions I ask a guy I know who’s currently doing 90 days (as of writing this).

Here’s a Q&A on house arrest bracelets

Q: What is House Arrest?
A: House Arrest limits an offender’s movement within the community through electronic monitoring. House Arrest encompasses a philosophy of home detention, and strict accountability for any movement of the offender within the community, as approved by the Court or House Arrest office. House Arrest is used in lieu of incarceration in a State prison or County jail.

Q: Have you ever taken your house arrest anklet off? and how?
A: haha Well since you’re not using my name here, I have been able to remove it to go swimming. I was told by my P.O. not to get it wet. I believed him but he’s a dick anyways and is probably lying to me. So what I did was slide under it a steel rod about 2 feet long. Then I twisted it until the rivets or button things popped off. I totally panicked when I saw that but at least it was off. I then had someone goto a tailor and get the same kind of leather rivets and reinserted them.

Q: Who can be on House Arrest?
A: Any individual who is either pre or post conviction may be supervised by electronic monitoring, through legal assignment of a Court or Probation / Parole Officer. Cases supervised include offenders from the District Court, various municipalities, as a condition of bond, per the written directive of a Probation or Parole Officer, and via the Conditional Release program of the Johnson County Residential Center.

Q: How long does House Arrest last?
A: The length of House Arrest supervision is determined by the sentencing Court or entity. Sentences range from one day to an indefinite period. Typical terms of House Arrest supervision range from 30 to 90 days in length.

Q: What equipment is used to electronically monitor an offender?
Monitoring Equipment A: House Arrest utilizes electronic monitoring equipment (see image on right), installed in an offender’s residence, to verify each offender’s compliance. This equipment is used via phone lines, and serves several functions. Random computer generated phone calls to the offender’s residence provides the House Arrest department with a photographic response, a voice response, and a breath sample to ensure the offender is not using / abusing alcohol. The photographic response is recorded, verifying the offender is in their residence, as scheduled.

Q: Do offenders have equipment strapped to their body?
A: In some circumstances offenders are required to wear a tamper proof ankle bracelet, which electronically communicates with their home monitoring unit. This ankle bracelet notifies House Arrest any time the offender exits without authorization, and continuously confirms the offender’s presence within the residence. Ankle bracelets are utilized to strictly reduce offender movement, in conjunction with the photographic, voice, and breath response.

Q: What activities are offenders on House Arrest allowed to do?
A: Dependent upon Court orders, some offenders are strictly restricted to their residence, while others are allowed to maintain employment and approved activities. These activities would include educational programming, probation and parole meetings, drug testing, substance abuse and mental health treatment, and religious services. All movement must be scheduled and approved in advance, by the assigned House Arrest Officer.

Q: How is schedule compliance verified?
A: Each offender must meet weekly with their assigned House Arrest Officer to create a written schedule of movement for the week. Upon each weekly meeting, the offender must provide proof of their compliance via pay stubs, work schedules, receipts, verification cards, etc. House Arrest Officers maintain a high level of contact with offender employers and treatment providers to verify compliance, and complete random community compliance checks on each offender, at their residence or place of employment.

Q: What happens when someone violates his or her House Arrest?
A: When an offender can not be located, a four-hour non-compliance procedure is initiated. During this four-hour period many steps are taken to locate the offender, including a residence check by local law enforcement, manual calls to the offender’s residence and employment, and contact of the offenders listed emergency contact. If the client can not be located that offender is declared Absent Without Leave (AWOL). In all District Court cases, a warrant request is immediately completed, and filed with the Sheriff’s Department. With Municipal and Parole offenders, the referring Municipality or Parole Officer is notified immediately, and those individual entities initiate their revocation proceedings When violations occur and the offender’s whereabouts are known, a wide variety of sanctions can be imposed, up to and including the arrest and detention of the offender.

Q: Are offenders under House Arrest supervision tested for drug use?
A: Yes I have. Each offender receives a breath analysis each time the monitoring equipment contacts them at their residence. Each offender is also required to submit to frequent and random urinalyses testing, to ensure they are maintaining a drug free lifestyle. Drug testing is increased in cases of noncompliance, upon behavioral concerns, or when reasonable belief exists that the offender is possible using illegal drugs.

Q: What does House Arrest cost?
A: The cost of House Arrest supervision is incurred by the offender. Each offender is required to pay a daily monitoring fee of $12. Increase fees apply for individuals living outside the local calling area. Each offender is also required to pay for frequent random drug testing.


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Postman —

Krafty… I saw a post where you mentioned it also took a while for the breath tests to begin. I am on my fourth day and have yet to have one test. I get called for verification every time I return from scheduled leave so I know the other equipment is all working. I want to call and find out if this is right or there is a problem with the unit, but I am afraid they will force me to miss another day of work, should they have to come fix it. I work 9-5 so they already forced me to miss two days last week. Can’t afford another. You seem to be a generally nice person and very knowledgeable, so I was hoping for some advice. Dont want to get in trouble for not reporting it, assuming there is an issue. What are your thoughts? Advice from anyone would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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TheKrafty1 —

Hey there Postman.
If it is Sentinel then I would not worry if it doesn’t sound the siren three times a day for the breath tests.
It took a week and a half for mine to work.
It just takes them time and that is the monitoring center that sends to breath tests to the machine so it just takes a bit for the paperwork to catch up.
If you are really worried you can call the monitoring center if it is after the Sentinel Office where your case working is and have them send down a test to your breathalyzer and they will and your phone will ring and after 5 to 8 rings the machine will click and then the siren will sound for you to take the test.
Everyone I have talked to that had the breathalyzer said it took from 3 to 9 days for it to start to give the tests three times a day.
They are always the same times a day so between 6:00 am and 7:00 am you will have to do a breath test and between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm the second and the third is between 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm.
I know of 6 people who had the breathalyzer from Sentinel and they had the same schedule as I just wrote for their tests and it took them days to almost two weeks for the breathalyzer to start going off as scheduled.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Good luck.

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    Postman —

    Thanks Krafty. My mind is a little morw at ease. I’ll give it another week before I mention anything to them since I can’t miss work again. I am with sentinel in CA so sounds like I should be cool. The phone will ring once, everyone now and then, and that’s it. I assume they are just making sure the line isn’t busy.

    I make good money, meaning they charge me a good deal of it, so they probably wouldn’t violate me for a malfuntion anyway, but i’d prefer not risk it. You guys are all doing a great service. I knew close to nothing when I started and have learned a lot just from these posts, so I will try to do the same for others as i go along. 7 days down, 113 to go. Thanks for your help and keep up the good work.

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      webbh —

      I know most people hate working but you should see it as a time out from the program remember i’ve now been stuck on house arrest for almost 9 months so the best thing about it is only when i am allowed to go out but most of the rules are just like in jail so i don’t really care that much if i have to go back

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TheKrafty1 —

Thanks Julie lee,
I just dealt with it for 270 days and I had so many times where I thought I messed up and would get violated and the three of four people on this site that replied to me always put my mind at ease and they were always right when it came to Sentinel and what they will and won’t do.
Like I said before.
with them they are hard asses at first and then after two or three visits they are really chill and will never show up or call you as long as you pay them and are on time to get home and to the appointments with them.
Just follow the schedule and always call them 48 hours in advance for changes in your schedule and they will accommodate.
It’s like this.
Sentinel makes nothing if they put you in jail so it is in their best interest to look the other way or just not look at all as long as your home when you are supposed to and don’t have dirty breath tests.
If you have drug testing then I am not sure how they are other then I know two people who failed the initial test for THC and they let them stay on and told them they would test them in 30 days and never did.
I wouldn’t push my luck though because they can violate you so just do what they say and you will be off in no time.,
RZA I hope that this case of your just goes away.
I will answer based on my experience but I don’t really know how other company’s handle their clients in other states.
I just know how Sentinel was with me and 4 or 5 people I talked to who did 90 days to a year with them.
Good luck everyone.

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    catt —

    Thekrafty1, I found this site today and followed your posts all the way back. (house arrest means a lot if time on my hands.) I’m going through sentinel in Santa ana right now and you’ve truly helped clear so many things up for me and I really appreciate it. You give such good insight! I was looking for a way to get out earlier like go back and see a judge or something but now I see that if you can do as many days as you did, I can do 90. Thanks for your inspiration! :) and good luck to everyone else out there going through the same thing I am! We’ll make it!!

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    aaron —

    U really knew two.people that tested for weed? I feel i migjt be dirty for thc. But hv a doctors license. R u out of orange county?

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    webbh —

    Real bad news seeing that someone got a 6 year stent on a order for Mental health realese from prison and was ordered to stay at home I couldn’t handle myself with that as he got conditons to report in to his Parole offices that’s real tough and quite unfair consiering he didn’t do much what a shocker sentance!!

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Postman —

Update for everyone. Apparently, sentinel had the wrong telephone number. I should have been tested since day one. They also never filed my permanent schedule so I kept getting calls from the monitoring center. Anyway, now I am getting tested 3 times a day but the machine seems to have problems starting no matter how hard I press the button. Takes 2 or 3 times, every time. Anyone else experiencing this?

Anyone ever had a house visit? Do they actually do it? If so, how often?

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    sexymama —

    hey postman,
    i have a friend who was on it for 6 months and he said that the cops came to hids house a couple of times for a house call. So they do do it!

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    Harry —

    To jaybone, yep that sounds about right with me they would never call it the hole but they’d make sure that they don’t let me out for a particuly week usually it might last a couple of days tops but it’s highly isolating and you can’t go anywhere you just sit and think like you would in jail. the bracelets are tamper proof i guess you just have to figure out which methards will alert them and go from there but they can be taken off in about an hour with a hair straightner you gotta be careful of course as it shows tampering with it. WOW 3 years that’s incredible i don’t plan on doing that long i’m coming up to the end of it now but it’s been pretty emotional some 11 months now on it.

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itchy ankle —

i have been on house arrest for about one week now and have about 70 days left. Sentinel seems to be very unorganized, i had to go in days after i got my equipment to get a new one because mine did not seem to be working. My real concern though is my parole officer. I have only spoke with him once and that was one month before i began my house arrest and it was basically him telling me i was accepted and need to pass a drug test. Other than that, i have never seen nor heard from him. I am wondering…will he randomly stop by sometime? What is the deal with your guys (and girls) PO…? do they make random visits and calls? or is not seeing or hearing from them the usually?

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    TheRza —

    mine drops by once in a long while. about once every 2 months or so. used to be once or twice a month when i first started probation.

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      itchy ankle —

      Thank you for taking the time to reply RZA. I do however have another few more questions for you…Were you on formal or informal probation? what area of the united states do you live in? and the name of the house arrest agency. Thanks again..the site has given me a lot of hope and thankful for my situation.

      Also anyone out there who is on house arrest and ever wants to chat / update on whats goin down in their life…leave a post and ill reply…i check this site daily….although i am very busy (joke)

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    webbh —

    Hi itchyankle,
    I’m harry and i’ve now been on house arrest for nearly 9 months it’s nothing but hell i think a good idea to consider is an appolgy letter sent to the victims of whatever it was you did to get you on house arrest then leave town it’s important though to have yourself extreemly well financed becuase alot of people will just leave town without even thinking then if they get in trouble they can end up homeless if your worried so much about the cops catching you it’s best to leave the state that way they probably won’t bother with extradition as it’s so expensive, Caasting $3000 just for the cops to put in an application and the greatest news is they have to have a warrent unlike if you’ve been out on bail/parale release A fake id is also a good idea that way you can check into different hotels/motels around the state probably best to stay in 1 place for no longer than a week It’s best also to send a letter of apology or a mercy plea to your parole officer but be sure to do that just before you leave and before you cut the bracelet off. A discuise is import as well depending on how well you can get yourself set up the main advantage of a fake id is for a fake name that way wherever you sign in the police can’t track you It’s important to have on the fake ID a State approved watermark i’ve heard you can buy these just as stickers be sure though when applying it to the id not to leave any bumps or bubblemarks anywhere on it. If you are relly smart you could lie to the parale officer about where you’ve fled to. Another option is to go to a small regional country town as long as it’s in another state the local police even if they knew you were there probably wouldn’t bother coming out and even talking to you about it. But number 1 rule on the run and this appliies to everyone considering fleeing house arrest is Always make sure that you don’t brake the law in anyway in the state you flee to apart from Fraud offences Just in relation to your message about Sentaninal yes they do make random calls and visits but the visits are the biggest problem as they can happen anytime but generally they won’t visit you after hours and you have about a 4 hour legal gap before the cops will really be out looking for you. No police officers are going to come out to someone’s house only minutes after a bracelet was cut off the only time they will do that is if you are under what’s called Curfew generally never cut off the bracelet while at home as it sends an instant message it’s best to be out at the time and to have your discuise set up and possibly the fake id with you then it’s time to leave town and leave town quick!!

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    Ankle hurts —

    I had the same thing happen to me with my PO! I’m so confused if I’m even doing this right, I haven’t gotten a call or talked with anyone, and my ankle bracelet never lights up…which I don’t know if that means it is or isn’t working…I’m all stressed out about it

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itchy ankle —

anyone out there still reply to this site? only one i could find with legit answers and understanding support group.

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    itchy ankle —

    pay no attention to this post….RZA was kind enough to reply to my previous comment

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    webbh —

    To Itchy ankle,
    I probably only use this site to see if new comments are up the best support you could probably get is to make sure that you are not isolated in your house for long periods of time this means if possible invite friends over regually remember this is still prison man so you are really just getting a visitor as you would normally in jail although there are no time limits just a stupid system to try to comprehend the bracelts themselves really itch actually the one i’m wearing now is worse than the one i started with. I’d be really intrested in starting up a support group but it’s hard to find others

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got lucky —

My question is how far am I able to go I’m with sentinal also la ca
I want to go in the front and backyard but afraid I might get violated
How does the range work?

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    itchy ankle —

    From my experience they can tell if you step on your front porch, patio or backyard. Seems complete GPS to me.

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    webbh —

    To got lucky the answer is you are allowed to leave your home but only for 3 minutes always keep it under that so you could go to a neighbours house for example or if you lived across the street from a gas station you could go over there but it has to be quick otherwise they’ll get the alert. See movie “100 Feet” this explains

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JCDec1983 —

Are you sure they can tell when you go outside? I had a friend who was on it who would be outside all the time, front and back yard. Pretty sure he was with Sentinel.. How would they know anyhow? How would they be able to tell where the walls of your house are? its not like sonar or whatever to be that exact, its a radius from what I hear. No one installs it for you, you install it yourself. And the only thing they can go off of is mapquest (per their own website sentrak.com), and the layout you drew up of your house with no measurements of any kind ever being taken. The bracelet uses RF technology from what I read on their site. Radio Frequency, which when is transmitted is radial. So assuming they could adjust it to a radius = to the distance between the 2 points in your home farthest from one another, which they didn’t do, you’ll have some room to go out unless your house is a perfect cylinder or circular in circumference. Why did they tell you to set the HMU (home monitoring unit) up in the center of your house? Why not get a really long phone cord and extend that bitch?
Also I’m in a DUI class right now in Anaheim where several customers as well as one of our teachers said that the whole “NOT ONE INCH! OUTSIDE THE WALLS” was total bullcrap. They’re probably lying about the submerging in water bit as well.

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    JW'sJail —

    I’ve only been on house arrest for a week and had been wondering about how can this thing detect if I’m outside or not. I wasn’t even told how or where to set it up in my home,(not that it takes rocket science to figure it out!)but that I was told not to even step outside my front door to collect my mail! It is literally only about a foot and a half outside my door too. Anyway, whatever the case, I’d rather be in jail at home then at any other facility!! About the submerging in water, I read about all of the products Sentinel has and it clearly states the ankle bracelet is “Water Proof,” not just water resistant, which is what I had been told.

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      webbh —

      hi there all the ankle bracelet i have is partially removable it has a wire in the middle of the strap and i’ve heard the alarm will only go off if it’s outside a pass time.

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      webbh —

      Yes it can but not 24 hours a day mostly it will tell officers that your somewhere in range mine happes to be water proof so that’s an advantage I have the same problem with my mail it’s literally no more than a couple of metres but somehow they know if i’ve gone there I’ve found it helps to leave a message with them before leaving so it makes it harder to get breached

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    MICHAEL —

    ITS ALL BS YOU CAN GO OUTSIDE IN YOUR YARD AND SWIMMING WITH IT ON

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JCDec1983 —

“6. What are Sentinel Offender Services’ key products for electronic monitoring?
Sentinel Offender Services offers a comprehensive platform of Electronic Monitoring (EM) components that allow our customers to utilize the same equipment for various levels of GPS tracking as well as for standard EM using equipment based on use of Radio Frequencies (RF). The lead component is our patented TrakMate GPS Tracking Unit for Active and Passive GPS monitoring capabilities, supported by our DualTrak RF system for house-arrest monitoring. ”

from [http://www.sentrak.com/faqs/]

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sincere

I have the same ankle monitor like martha stewart had as well. If I go to the store on mysql way home from work would they know I did that. Also they gave me 1 year house arrest how long time wise will I have to be on the bracelet? Do I only have to

do 85% of it like if I was incarcerated? Im getting impatient please help???

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    itchy ankle —

    Sorry to say but there is no good time behavior for house arrest. You must serve all the time you are given. Yea it sucks and sometimes you will want to pull your hair right out of your head. But just remember that youre inside your house, with your own bed, tv, video games, computer, telephone, etc….then imagine what you would be doing in jail / prison. Damn, your day just got a hell of a lot better.

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    Harry —

    To sincere, No they will not know if you were to stop at a shop on your way home however it is extreemly important not to be late getting back home as they always follow up late arrivals. Remember that the system is very simular to jail especially with time out rules think of the time you spend out of your house exactly like how you could get exercise in the prison yard.

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Holdon —

Hi Everyone. Been so long since I have been to this site. I hope everyone is doing well. I see some familiar names here which is good news because being here is better than the alternative :-)

A BIG HELLO the TheKrafty1! Hope you are well old friend.

Holdon

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leslie —

On Friday, my PO’s assistant called me and told me that I can cut off my monitor on Sunday (today) after 8am. It is noon, and I haven’t cut it off because my husband thinks they are a day off. So I am now second guessing myself. Even though I was told I could cut it off, I am so paranoid now. Should I just keep it on for one more day even though they called me and told me I can cut it off?

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    webbh —

    hi leslie don’t worry just cut it off and keep a note of that call legally there’s nothing they can do providing you write down what time they called in case you get some real asehole of a PO and believe me they’re out there i too am on house arrest but luckily one of my reporting requirements has only about 20 days left on it. I used to think that a special pin was required and a code had to be entered into a computer to take off a bracelet but i wasn’t complety right

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kevin —

hey there i just got a ? to ask
i just got the bracelets for 2 day and its for a auto-thief and i just wondering would they give me a drug test

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    bruisedankle —

    My PO said that I’m eligible for random drug tests, so yea. Its very likely. And my charges werent nearly that severe.

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iimadome —

Ive been on Sentinel monitoring for about 8 weeks now. Serving 180 days. They have been told not to go outside at all only for work. tends to step out my door to talk to my neighbor which is no more than a 5 feet from mine or sometimes just open my front door and chat with her while standing inside. It looks as if the report is showing me leaving outside alot. Does Anyone know tha exact range of how far u are allowed to go? Does anyone kno anyone who has been violated?

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    Bajapanty —

    Hey well all u have to do is have someone on the cell phone were ever ur monitor is at and u keep moving until the other person on the cell phone in ur house tells u the light is blinking thats how far u got to go with it and also depending were u have the monitor put at in the house as well something i learned on my own also try it it works because i can even go accross my drive way to my neightbors house and still does not go off

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Superman5150 —

I’m so fed up with this house arrest bullshit! I feel like just snapping my ankle n just leaving it home while I’m out i mean dam im losing it here its spring break n i cant do shit except look outside n 420s coming up n of course I can’t leave! n it sucks for me cuz i live out in the middle of nowhere all there is farmland lol.. I’m on day 90 of a 356 day sentence n I’m just getting by on the fact that wen my case gets reviewed in July theyll tell me 6months is enough (that’s wat my attorney told me at least)
Anybody else no how I feel??

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    cherry

    yeah I know and its killing me too ?? hey it beats jail right especially if you got kids and pets and what not, come on toughen up I have to..

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    Bajapanty —

    well there is another trick to it i dont know if u have the same one i have but there should be 2 sides to the bracelet and 2 clips on it u can pop it out from the side that has no numbers on it because if u really look on the bracelet u will see some numbers on it so u clip it off the one that does not have the numbers on it and there u go u free but remember u can take it off when ever u want but remember when u get home put it back on no matter wat if u not workin or they think u at work because they dont check at night or come to ur house after hours thats when i take it and go clubbing with the guys and as soon as i get home i put it back on so i dont forget ….

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      webbh —

      Yep the bracelet now can be removed it’s a simple locking meconism about 1cm thick and now i’ve learnt the only way to remove a bracelt is to cut it with scisoors like what i thought the trick to is to work on a small sqare but the bracet can be removed easily and i was right cutting it off with scissors sets off an alarm they actually have all their gear locked inside the HMU it’s in the back of it with a normal key hole when the scissors have cut it off it took at least 3 minutes to sound. It’s much like a seatbelt that’s how it’s locked into a very small mechonisim also only 1 side of the bracelet can be taken off the other side is locked into it like a bolt but yes if you cut your bracelet off you’ve got about a 3 mintue head start and at least they could be getting a false alert if you’re going to leave town never leave on a bus it takes too long to get out and the greatest news is according to some website the alarm will take even longer to go off providing it’s taken off at least 3km from your house. How i know this is I stuck a camera right up on the box and then left on a pass and it took about 10 minutes to realise on the system that i was actually out So guys the trick is in the HMU itself but opening that is risky too. Better to be out and then leave town but if your going to do it do it damm fast

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      webbh —

      Another magnificant trick to come up with is on the day of your house arrest flee you should have the bracelet still attached to your leg cut it off in a car park somewhere preferbly a big shopping centre with lots of no oover parking stick the bracelet once it’s cut off under a car with packaging tape and leave it on the car. THat way when the alert goes off the people at sentanal won’t think much of it especially if the tracker begins moving again this will give you much more time as you need at least 2 hours to leave town

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    Happily Home —

    Yea I do, im a little less then half way done with my time, ill be done by January 2nd 7pm. However between now and then, Ill miss my birthday, thanksgiving, Christmas and new years.

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    Harry —

    To superman5150 sure do man i know how you feel surprise though that your actually in an easily escapable envirounment. At least you actually know how long you have to do on house arrest as i don’t know so far for me it’s been 333 days

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24M —

Hello all. I’ve completed 16.5 months of a 24 month home detention sentence. Fortunately, I am allowed to leave Monday thru Saturday for work, but I have to admit that I am losing it here. I’m blessed that I have my wife and two kids here (and a third on the way), but it breaks my heart that I can’t take out my 3 year old and 1 year old.

I have read that it is possible to have early release for good behavior from home detention or half way house, as with prison time. Does anybody here have any ideas about this? Has anybody spoken with an attorney about this? I hope I’m not just waisting time, but I have just drafted a letter for the judge who sentenced me. I figure it only hurts to not try. Besides, I have plenty of time to write these letters from home :o )

Any information would be greatly appreciated. I will keep you all posted.

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    JW'sJail —

    When I was told my stipulations of my house arrest being only able to go to work or go to a doctor’s or dentist appointment and the latter with prior approval by my counselor at least 24 hours before my appointment, I asked if that includes school in lieu of work. The answer was no, I would have to go back to court to seek approval for school and anything else I would like the judge to consider. So I asked about requesting good time – work time being applied to my house arrest and I was told that as long as the judge orders it, it can be done. I have an attorney but I was told that it wasn’t even necessary for him to come to court for or with me for this. I’m still going to talk to my lawyer though and if I find out anything different that could help you, I’ll post it. Hopefully this little bit helped.

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    Thomas Koerner —

    Normally after completing 1/2 ur time u can go back to court for a modification of sentence. It cost me $400 to hire a lawyer to do a mod.

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      webbh —

      Hi thomas koerner yep i’ve done over half my sentance but it’s still unclar whether it’s enough time but did you get off house arrest? one thing i’ve heard sucks is if the judge approves you to come off it you usually have to wait till midnight even after sighning the documents apparantly you can still get in trouble if you cut it off after leaving court crazy shit huh??

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      Jim —

      I didn’t know we could request the judge to cut down our time in half. That’s good. Who’s your lawyer?

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billylo

im on house arrest for 7days till my release i have the newer ones that dont need a landline they uses my cell phone it been 5 days no call no visit but i do fax my work hrs and they turn it off 30min so i can go to work i work 5 to 10 then they turn it back on at 1030 which i have to be at home thety told me i have 150ft if i pass that it will beep but i have to tell them about a day behead they ley me go do laundry at the laundry mat for 3 hr only and also i can go shop for food but only for 3 hr since debit card was under my name i was allow to go to the mall for 2 hr to go shopping just depends on how nice the PO is and your crime i have my 2nd owi

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Thomas Koerner —

Well from waht I’ve read u guys are kinda lucky. lol I am in Fort Wayne, Indiana and we have our own Community corrections office here and the house arrest sucks,they can tell if ya walk outside of the walls of ur house and if u do break the signal ur phone will be ringing within 5 min to see where u are and u best answer it within 4-5 rings.If they determine that u have been out of range for a certain period of time then a report will be issued to ur po or ur case mgr at which time its up to their discression or if an corrections officer comes out to ur house he has the authority to take u to county and u sit it out till community corrections comes and gets u for a hearing on the violation. Dont come to Indiana its a screwed up state when it comes to the criminal justice system.

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    Harry —

    To thomas, yeah man and they wonder why so many people escape from house arrest it’s the same as prison you’ve gotta plan and get 1 step ahead of the PO/ Corrections best time to escape is when your actually allowed out but make no mistake once you do escape and this goes for everyone on house arrest there’s no turning back The other thing is planning is incredibly important in an escape. You have to catch them off gaurd you would have to pick absoultly the perfect time and the other thing is speed, you need to get out of the state in less than 4 hours as airports etc will start to be getting checked. It’s good if you want to use the airport now becuase it’s much easier these days to travel on a false name (just use the self check in machines) and your away. Other good tips are master of discuise you only have to worry about this at the airport once you’ve landed at whatever city you choose your pretty much free and the buety of extradition laws in most countries is they have to get a warrent they can’t just arrest you and the warrent coasts from starting %4,000. you also have to look at your current situation are you going to eventually get off house arrest if so then really should you escape. Again it would be a whole new life of been on the run but is it really worth it.

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Thomas Koerner —

As for taking off the anklet …. I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT. There are wires in the rubber strap and once those wires are broken or cut thats an escape charge and tampering with an electronic montoring device. Another charge if they want.Its best to do ur time and pay them what they want.Here if u are not paid in full by the time u are to get off ….. well u dont get off.The fees stop but u stay attached to ur ankle buddie.The price it costs for freedom. Ive got 6 months and only have 1 week to go. yeaaaa but I have 2 yrs probation afterwards.

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    webbh —

    Trouble with house arrest program is all the parole officers mostly treat you like shit and they expect you to become some human diary like i really hate people telling me what i can and can’t do it’s better been in jail becuase at least you talk with other prisoners and most of them would of said that they’ve been on it infact about 10% of the prisoners population are mostly in for violations of house arrest

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Notinprison —

Hello all, just wanted to give some input from my situation. I am currently serving 270 days with Sentinel, of which I’ve completed a little over 3 months. My experiences so far go like this: My breathalyzer unit didn’t alert me to breathe until day 13. I thought it was broken like most of you (or I was lucky) and then it hit. Enjoy that time yours doesn’t ring. Since then mine goes off 4x a day even though the P.O. requested 3 (I was told it does this in case you miss some). I kept a log for the first 60 days. Without change it has been going off- once between 3a-4a, twice between 6p-7- (30 min apart), and once between 11p-12. Sentinel staff does seem very unorganized and they use a lot of scare tactic, but stick with it and you’ll keep appreciating it much more than jail or prison. During the first 3 mos There were a few times when they told me I walked outside when I know for a fact I was 10′ from the unit at the time it stated. It had many glitches the first 3 months. A week ago they realized my equipment has been malfunctioning a majority of the time and they replaced the transmitter and receiver. Hasn’t had a glitch since…so far. As for going outside, they do try to scare you saying you can’t step one foot outside, no balcony, no garage, no front yard/back yard. From all my research and knowledge of RF, I can only figure it’s using a radius to detect you as others stated. Going off that and staying within a reasonable radius (I used 50′) from where I placed my unit I’ve been able to go on the front porch and back yard without them caring once. The ONLY times they said I went outside, and they give you the exact date and time, I was inside and near the monitor. I’m not saying anybody should break the rules and go outside, but I have been for 3 months now without them bringing it up. I might be playing with fire but like a previous poster said, it’s not using sonar or anything and they don’t even ever see your house to set parameters. They had you the unit and a wiring schematic and send you on your way. I would NOT suggest trying to remove your band. Mine had been ringing “Tamper” very often like I was trying to take it off. When they finally inspected it (at 3 mos) they realized it was installed way too loose. When it fell low enough on my ankle, right where it digs into your bone and leaves a raw spot, the pressure from my foot moving would trigger it. It’s actually really touchy. To the poster who mentioned P.O. visits. Probation informed me that for the time on electronic confinement you are the responsibility of whomever is monitoring, and they don’t take over until the sentence ends. In my case I’m with Sentinel the rest of the year, only then will my P.O. start working with me.

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Smallville6

I have been on House Arrest for 2 weeks now and have 2 weeks to go for my 2nd DUI. Will Sentinel drug test me for Weed when I go to check in and give them my paperwork stating I was where I said I was (Work etc) and second installment of payment?

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Pedro_D —

I have an RF tracker only, I am on house arrest & can only leave for work. How does it track me if there is no phone line attached to it? Can it be unplugged, so I can plug it into an extension cord?

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    webbh —

    To Petro D you can’t unplug it i got a warning as i tried to do this verty thing what i do know is the technology is not all that advanced and their systems go down all the time giving off false alarms so they could very likely prove even after disconnecting it that it was a problem on their part a tip is to put a mobile phone next to it making it’s switched on preferbly one with a gps on it have the gps on screen and then it wouild be pretty hard for them to tell otherwise

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stanley.h 724 —

Does anyone know who to take the bracelet off without gettin into trouble?

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    Harry —

    To stanley yes providing your bracelet is made out of rubber use a hair straightner but please remember to not hold the hair straightner in the same place for too long as it will melt the rubber and this will show a sign of tampering. Be careful also not to get burnt by the rubber as it will be extreemly hot most people know that rubber will stretch when it’s subjected to extreeme heat this is one thing i know that you can get past the tampering technology it will need to only be heated slightly to get it back on so say if you wanted to go to a party and you had already had the parole people check in with you for that day then that would be a perfect chance just remember if you drive do not take your car.

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E-Rock —

I found this site/forum about a week ago, went to the 1st thread and read it thru to current. It seems most people are in cali and seems an outside private company Sentinel over see’s your HA.

I am from Delaware, on 6months HA for a violation of probation. I know its not a long stretch like a lot on here, but HA is HA. Probation/HA is quite a bit different in Delaware then Cali or other states from what I have read. The HA (lvl 4) is run by Probation directly, Probation being a direct part of the Department of Corrections, cost 50 bucks a month. I have a HomeGuard 200, I have to see my PO weekly, I get 2 Hrs of “Freetime” daily… I can get more time If I find a job (witch I lost when my lvl 2 PO violated me on my 11th month of a 12 month sentence).

TheRza / Krafty1 / tara/ patty/ Jaybone and many others thanks for sharing your experiences and offering advice, it has helped in many ways…

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MICHAEL —

HEY GUYS THEY GOT SOME NEW STUFF GOING IN TENNESSEE I WAS RECENTLY RELEASED FROM PRISON AND MY PAROLE OFFICER WAS LIKE I GOTTA PUT THIS ON YOU AND YOU GOTTA WAEAR IT FOR 90 DAYS I REPLY I AINT NO RAPIST I HAVE DRUG CHARGES SCHEDULE II COCAINE AND THIS WASNT PART OF MY PAROLE AGREMENT CAN ANYONE TELL ME ABOUT THIS CAUSE I’VE NEVER HEARD OF A MAN CPMING HOME FROM PRISON AND HAVENG TO WHERE A GPS MONITER UNLESS HE IS A RAPIST

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    Harry —

    To michael that answer is simple Legally if it’s not written on your release forms/parole agreement then they cannot make you wear one. The police have absoultly no power of arrest and please remember you don’t have to be a rapist to be put on house arrest.

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Stevo

I’m on House Arrest for 29 Days, not shit really, But i’m self employed and I have to tell them 24hours advance before I go to a Job,also have to document everything I do, keeping receipts and such. My thing is No one knows the range on the monitoring boxes? How the hell does it know that I walk outside to smoke or take trash out? Whats the difference in me going to my room and shutting the door or bathroom? Sounds Like B/S but my p/o said that I can have like 5 to 10 mins to go out and smoke. I couldn’t have taken the 2 Weekends in jail but the hell with that. No cigs,bad food, and no booty. 29 days of this sounds ok to me. I have to work most saturdays anyways. Mississipp justice system sucks, I got charged with simple assault and i’m having to drug and alcohol class, also demestic violence class, 6 months of probation and this house arrest. I have a clean background and don’t do drugs, rarely do I drink. wtf Mississippi

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ankleman —

Is there a way to remove the BI HomeGaurd 205 DS bracelet? Is there a key to remove the ankle strap without detection?

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    Harry —

    Yes ankle man the only way of removal without the alarm going off is to heat the bracelet using a hair straighter and stretch been careful not to burn yourself also the strap will probably show burn marks on it so make sure to move the hair straightner around a bit it’s mostly the bottom of your ankle that you’ll need to stretch it over use a sock to avoid getting burnt I’ve tried it and they don’t know the process takes about half an hour unfortuantly but i guess if you were to to take it off you could easily escape without anyone knowing for up to a week!!

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jaymes24 —

Wats up guys. I’m currently on house arrest through sentinel in compton..I was curious ? Wen I give them my schedule nd I go about my day. Wen I have a window of free time are they able to track. Where exactly I go? Nd if they do detect u going somewhere ur not supposed to will they get u that same day or wait till ur check in. Feedback ASAP please.
Thanks guys =]

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    JW's Jail —

    I know it has been a couple of months since your post but just in case you still needed the info, I wanted to answer. I was on house arrest in compton and if you are on the same one as I was, it only knows when you are home and when you leave and come back, thats it. It isn’t a GPS device although some of them are. So the answer is no, they don’tknow where you go on your free time. Hope this helped.

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Long Haul —

I have 157 days on Home Detention and with Sentinel monitoring. It’s amazing that nobody knows the range of these boxes. I just know it is on Radio Frequency but I can’t seem to find how far that is. I’m guessing it should be at least 50 feet. If anyone knows the range in feet, please let us all know.

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At Home —

The range seems on and off. I have Personal Time for 5 hours every Monday and today I was mowing the lawn and they called saying I was out of range. From where the Monitor is to the backyard lawn is not 50′ but somehow it said I was not home. The strange thing is where I sleep is about maybe 35 to 40 feet from the Monitor and I have no trouble with it. My house is a larger house, 4500 sq feet and so far it’s been ok. According to Sentinel, the range can be set to accommodate different size areas. It could be a scare tactic also because I did call in and tell them I will be in the backyard and they just called randomly. I go to my garage which is about 40′ away and that has been ok too. Good luck to everyone!

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Stuck —

What if you can’t pay for the Home Detention for a couple of weeks?

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random —

To the person asking about the bracelet for drug charges and said they only heard of rapists having to wear a bracelet, my buddy is on HA for drug charges with heroin and is on HA with the bracelet, so no its not only for rapists.

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karen —

I’m 6 days into a 90 day sentence already going crazy, but I have a few questions too. I’m in orange county with sentinel and it seems they only ask me what time i will be leaving my house and what time i will be back in my house when i have to leave somewhere. it seems as thought they dont really question or care where i’m gonna be, just as long as im back home in time. and does anyone know if they drug test you every time you go check in with them every 2 weeks or so, and what happens if u gave them a dirty test the first time? and do they verify every single entry on the timesheet? thanks, karen

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    Bajapanty —

    not really they dont really check everything because if u go to wash clothes are they going to show a pic and ask if u was there washing clothes noooo not really i know i’m on it and i have done alot but while on the bracelet and taking it off my self simple thing but i only do sometimes if i really need to if u don’t need to don’t remove because they can come to ur house when ever they want except after 9 pm never do they come to ur house especially if its out of there way i know lol so everthing in ur time sheet is not true

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wantsout —

I’ve been on house arrest for about 2 months on an 8 month sentence, im currently being monitored by Sentinel, i dont have have a phone line hook on to the monitor and they have not told me anything about it! does anyone know if thats an issue? i also havent taken a breath test, i dont know when i need to do it! every week i go to sentinel they tell me everything is fine. Does anybody have any feedback my questions? im just trying to keep sane and not have no reasons for them to give me a violation! Thank You

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    Bajapanty —

    well i would wait because it could happen any day and if temptation hits u the same day they want to drugs test u u done my friend

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cherry amyland

Hey I know but shit it beats jail right? especially if you have kids and pets and your safe OK Toughen up Bro loll

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two ankle bracelets —

So I have to have one bracelet on each leg. One for booze and the other for house arrest. I want to know the range on this. Its over 50 feet from home base to my couch. Also when Im allowed to leave for work and school there is no way for them to track my location. A friend was allowed to leave for work while being laid off and went fishing for 12 hours.

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The Rza —

damn i havent been on here for a good 6 months i think. krafty i dont c that you have been on for a minute urself along with everyone else that was on while i was. so my case i caught seems to have just disappeared krafty so thats cool. anyways just thought id poke in and c if anyone familiar was still on here. finished my time on HA about 7 or 8 or9 months i dont know. i may drop in again soon maybe, maybe not. hit me up anyone who remembers me or anyone else, watever. ive learned quite alot about HA while i was on it as will all of you. i was on ”federal felony supervised release”, as they would call it, here in new mexico for growing 2.5 acres of chronic on federal land (national forest) and dodged a mandatory 5 to 40 year sentence, dont ask me how its still a mystery tome how i did that. now you all know. hit me up with any questions, dont know when ill b back on but when i am ill answer to the best of my knowledge.

THE RZA

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arnold —

i have a ?? how far from my door can i go ? would they noe if i when outside

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Long Haul —

It seems that the distance or range for the Sentinel monitoring is 150 feet for a house and 50 feet for an apartment. I heard this from another “Inmate” on the HD.

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    hotlanta —

    thats totally not true my house is 5000 sq ft and i can go all over my house if u just have the dual track keep a phone with you if u have the breath unit get a baby monitor

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hotlanta —

the unit covers 15000 sq ft and like my po says no one really screws up there to scared and seeing as how were all here for info i would say hes right if there is an issue the monitoring center will call you so sit back and make them rich

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Long Haul —

My house is about the same as Hotlanta and so far there hasn’t been a problem.

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Long Haul —

Hotlanta, I just thought about it. We are both correct. I’m no math genius but what is the square root of 15,000 sq sf? It’s a little over 122 feet. It’s not 15,000 feet but squared. So in any one direction it’s around 122 feet. So according to the guy I talked to, he was correct what the Home Detention Officer told him.

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Happily Home —

I just read this from beginning to end and it was very helpful.

Im currently serving 117 out of 120 days ( minus days for pre-booking, jail time, -1 bonus day *thanks judge!* )with 71 left to go in California, under Sentinel.

Seems like we have all had similar experiences with Sentinel. Ill sum up my past 2 months with Sentinel quickly with some key points:

-Breathalyzer did not go off the 1st day and I didnt want to get in trouble so I called them after hours and they said it was fine… trouble started from there.

-The 2nd day I called to set up an appointment with them and ask about the gps unit not going off, they seemed to have no idea who I was or who my case manager was. very unorganized.

-After being on the phone for 30 mins spread out over 2 hours, I got to speak to somebody for 5 minutes (non-consecutive 5 minutes) They told me I had an hour to leave home and figure out where to stay until my phone line was working because my digital land line wont work. Sentinels equipment is extremely out dated.

-I moved for 3 weeks on the fly from my house waiting for the phone company to set up an analog land line at my house. I went back home on an unauthorized day, as I did, I called Sentinel to let them know I was deviating from my schedule, my newly assigned case manager let it slide.

-My 1st 3 weeks were spent at my brothers house, I set up the equipment and still no breathalyzing.

-After my 1st 3 weeks I had my 1st face to face meeting. My case manager told me she wasnt worried about my movements, but that my PO had access to all my information i.e. my gps and records. If my PO felt like Sentinel couldnt do their job, then my PO could take me to jail.

-During my time at my brothers, I felt comfortable in all the chaos that I could take advantage of it and leave the house to have a cigarette outside. During my 1st face to face, my case manager confronted me about leaving the house. I was no more then 5 feet away from door, and less then 25 feet away from the gps unit. My case manager accused me as though it was fact, with out letting me explain anything. I was however asked where in the house I had the gps unit, and was asked to move it to the center of the house more.

-I finally got back home and have had no further problems with Sentinel.

Things to keep in mind with regards to Sentinel: They are private company and we are a client in their care. They just want to collect the money with no problems from you. There is even a number to call if you feel like you are being treated unfairly. They cant surprise you with anything either. Up front they will tell you if you are going to be durg tested and how often you will be drug tested.

The less Sentinel knows about you the better. Find any excuse to prolong your work hours and your ride home.

Its my understanding that if this is your 1st HA, and you have NO priors with drugs, they wont drug test you. PA vists depend on if you already have informal or formal probation. Formal probation the PA can stop in on you at any time. Informal, they wont think twice about you unless you are screwing up your HA.

Its easy to put the blame on Sentinel with their old crappy equipment, they know it too, but they try to scare you anyways. Because of their faults and unorganized, they will let some minor infractions fly by. Just stay under the radar for the 1st couple months, dont bring up anything unless they bring it up and they wont notice anything you do later.

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HomeSolo —

I am on day 4 of a 58 day sentence. All of your posts have been very helpful and pretty informative. I am on informal probation for a 2nd offense DUI. I’m with Sentinel out of So. Cal., Santa Ana. I have an anklet, was given a razor type looking phone in a large black case/box, and have a breathalyzer at home. The breathalyzer went off within the first few hours of me plugging in the equipment, a few hours later, and at 6:30 the first morning. Mine seems to go off every morning around 6:30am and twice in the evening between 6 and 8. Other than providing a diagram of my house and hours of when I leave and return from home, not much else was provided at the time of enrollment. I was advised that I am not allowed to leave work during the day but when asked about traveling to my PO Box and trips to the bank I was advised to do this on my lunch break and to make sure it’s documented on my activity sheet. I was advised this program is all about documentation of my where bouts for my PO to review. I spoke with my PO who advised Sentinel will contact her if there are any violations and other then that everything will be handled and monitored by my case manager. The razor cell phone that must be carried with me “everywhere” I go will randomly ring stating that I am out of range when it’s been sitting next to me all day. I was advised to hit the clear button until it goes away and as long as it says clear everything is fine but hitting clear never seems to do anything. Anyone running into these same problems? My first meeting with my case manager was set for 2 weeks after my start date – I’ll see how that goes and be sure to provide feedback. I am curious about this not taking one step outside the walls of your home and the actual monitoring of your where bouts during the work day. I am not interested in violating the rules of the program, just curious as this beats the sh!t out of jail. I did the OCJ loop twice and that was enough for me! Did I forget to mention that my roommate brought me home In-N-Out… yeah… sure beats the sh!t out of jail ;-)

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    nervous/nelly! —

    Thanks a lot for all the info, it’s helping to calm my nerves! I go to court on Mon 11-14 & I’ll find out then what my sentence is. You see, I have terminal cancer, & when I was arrested I didn’t get bailed out quickly (you know how they like to take their sweet ass time!) So I was on OCJ for about 24hrs. While there they told me they couldn’t give me my cancer medications, actually they couldn’t give me the meds because they don’t have or even offer them! Anyway, about an hour after getting out I fell into a coma & didn’t wake for 3 days. My doctors say it was partly from the shock of going “cold turkey” from my meds! So, I’ve begged & pleaded with my public defender to get me HA so I can continue my meds! One question I havn’t found the answer to, is when you’re in court & the judge says ok you’re on HA, what then happens? Do they take you into custody? Any help is greatly appreciated!!

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lohanfollower —

Im about to start a 8 month stint, cant wait to see how this turns out, will keep y’all posted on how it goes…

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aaron —

Do they drug test the day ur supposed to report to jail!

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    karen —

    If its sentinel in santa ana, no. they say its prebooking but little did i know its going throught the loop just like when you get busted…all night thing i was there till 6am. but the day you go to get your bracelet put on even if its before your start date, they will test you right there in the office. they dont go in the bathroom with you or anything like that. had i known i would of been really ready for it instead of putting all kinds of misc. liquids that i could find in my purse. hope this helps.

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aaron —

Im supposed to report nov 11th. Im supposed to find out the 4th if im approved. So on the 11th i have to go thru the loop? And wont get my bracelet on til 7am??

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    JW's Jail —

    it sounds like you are talking about Orange county, ca, right? If you are, what happens is you turn yourself in a day or so before your date that house arrest starts. It will be at Theo Lacey for men, you pre-book and it takes up to 4 hours. you don’t go through the loop and you don’t even change your clothes. You don’t get your ankle bracelet then though, you go down to sentinel on your turn in day and get it.

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aaron —

Also what kind of urine test is it? Like a dip at home test?

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karen —

Sentinel called me only a couple days before my sentence was supposed to start to tell me i was approved and that i had to get pre-booked before my report date. so i went to the s.a. jail, got called in at 7pm and started going through the loop and the whole process and didnt get out till 6am the following morning. the only appointment sentinel had was the same day, which was august 24th, but my sentence wasnt supposed to start until august 26th. so i went in and they put the bracelet on me but said it wouldnt be turned on until the 26th at 7pm. and as far as the test, its the cup that has the test right on it. i was totally freaking but then i found this site and it helped me cause i had like a million questions so lemme know if this helps.:)

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aaron —

I start the 11th . Goin tomorrow to get bracelet on. My birthdays the 16. How do i get around the breathalyzer. I want at least one drink for my day !!

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aaron —

Has anyone ever failed initial drug test for weed? What if i have a doctors rec?

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    Harry —

    To aaron about drug testing, For me so far no Although i’ve only ever been tested for weed use by urine once in the last 13 Months that i’ve been stuck on it. A doctors note can help you especially if you can convince that doctor That your using weed For medical not Recreational reasons. A good excuse is always back pain.So far for me no fail but this will probably be my first and only warning about drug use.

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karen —

my breathalyzer goes off 4 times a day. approx. 7am, 10am, 9pm, 10pm. i guess ur not even supposed to use listerene or liquid medicine, its that sensative. but i dont even drink anyways so it could go off 10 times a day wouldnt matter. sorry i wouldnt know how to get around it.

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    nervous/nelly! —

    Karen please help me! You seem to know about HA procedure in Orange County & _ havn’t a clue about any of it! I find out this Mon 11-14, if I can go on HA. Could you please tell me what happens after? Like literally after the judge says yes or no, do they take me into custody? I’m a nervouse wreck, because I have no idea what to expect! I also suffer from terninal cancer, so being on HA & not in OCJ is especially important. Also because they don’t & won’t give me my cancer meds while in there! When I was arrested I wasn’t bailed out quick enough, so after getting out after 24hrs, I fell into a 3 day coma! So ANY info you can provide will be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!

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Kris Craig —

Hi guys,

I’m not on HA and never have been. I just stumbled across this site while doing a random Google search on the subject (gotta love ADHD lol). I had no idea that house arrest monitoring has been completely privatized in CA (I’m from WA and no idea what it is here). Sounds very disorganized and unfair, especially since I’m guessing most of you were just busted for having weed because we still haven’t ended Prohibition yet.

Anyway, any of you who wouldn’t feel embarrassed to do so, I would encourage you to speak out about how ridiculous this current system is (after your HA of course so they can’t retaliate agianst you). I think the problem is that most people don’t know just how bad this system is until they find themselves caught-up in it over some stupid minor offense because an idiot politician somewhere wanted to prove he was tough on crime.

If more people in the general public knew about these kinds of experiences, and that most of you are just normal, everyday people (i.e. not murderers and rapists, I assume ;p), then maybe that could lead to better public attitudes on the subject and ultimately less draconian laws on the books.

Also, if any of you would indulge me, I’m curious: Have your attitudes on the criminal justice system changed since before you first found yourself on this end of it? I.e. did you once subscribe to the common “don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time” mindset, only to now see that it’s a lot less black & white than that? Please forgive me if this question is inappropriate; I just thought a little philosophical discussion might be a welcome distraction for some of you suffering from what I can only imagine to be chronic boredom. =)

Well anyway, that’s my 3.5 cents (damn inflation!).

–Kris

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    webbh —

    Hi Kris we certainly need more and more of these sites I too am on House Arrest Now for a shockingly long 8 Months I think the real pain has started to set in and depression this is not how to lead anyone’s life as they have so much power over you the correctional offices i mean. I was playing around with my bracelet again tonight and unfortuantly they got an alert that i was tampering with it. I think also that whilst some people here have commented that they have home comforts like their own tv there is nothing comforting about been locked up at home most of the time. Even when i do get out in the daytime it’s still not enough. I want to go see the world but am afraid it don’t want me. It’s really hard to deal with becuase this feels so much like jail as in jail you feel isolated and also in Jail correctional officers that come and see you don’t really count to me as people. They most likely want to see me screw up. I think the good news with you is at least you knew how long you’ve gotta to do. I do not know. Also been a prisoner in your own home has another disadvantage and that is that whenever you go outside you might feel ashamed if someone sees that your wearing the bracelet. Almost every day in the last 8 months i’ve thought about what my life could of been like had this shit never happened. I’m also a very good and kind hearted person who just screwed up and now thought as a criminal to most It’s the worst thing to sit here and not know how long it’s going to go on for. I could if i were in your situation be counting down the days but at least at the moment i’ve now put in another application to get off HD Been a young guy 24 it’s not easy i even told my corrections officers who are really more just like cops. actually cutting off the bracelet and staying at home is not considered to be all that serious here in australia where i’m doing my sentance. It’s more if you were to go on holidays and not tell anyone then that could be really bad and courts usually won’t show you any mercy. I found out that when you do go out usually with permission they don’t usally know where you’ve gone but there’s always a chance i guess. The reality of this situation now is it’s not really much better than jail It’s kind of like when someone asks you how you want the good news or the bad news it’s always the bad. However on a good note we don’t have to pay any incaceration fees here. As someone else on here was saying it’s really just about some stupid politician trying to win an election we have this dickhead here who’s just ritered luckily who made the point “lock em all up” so basically he never cared if there were good people in the criminal system and having read through the comments i truly do believe there are good people. There’s one other little problem that i guess you would probably feel as would alot of the other comments on the site is Do you really care i mean deep down if you go back to jail. Actually with me probably not as i’ve got alot of good connections with people in jail and better friends there too for support. Can i ask on here who lives by themselves and is on house arrest. The truth be told as in some sites that i’ve been reading over the last couple of days is Only freedom can set you free Reality can’t only you in yourself can work on the problem and get a soloution. I praise everyone on here for their hounsesy in such a difficult situation and for most of you as i’ve read it’s still not over. I’d like to chat maybe to you on facebook My Name’s harry Webb so look out for me there.

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Notinprison —

Hello folks, a little update for you. It’s been 5.5 mos since my last post (when I was at 3 mos). I now have 2 weeks left of a 268 day sentence. It’s been a long 9 months but I still have to say it beats prison any day. I feel like I’ve learned this system very well so I’ll try to address any questions or concerns I saw. My disclaimer: This info may only be correct for Sentinel in Orange County, and your case may be different. I’m not telling you how it is, just how it was for me. Use caution, be smart and good luck.
-When you start with Sentinel be prepared for lengthy office visits.They are very disorganized, under-staffed and over-criminialed. On a 9mos sentence I’ve had to go in for my “check-ups” every 3 weeks. I was never taken at my scheduled time and I don’t think I ever left in less than 60 minutes.
-When you start you will be given a breath alcohol test and a urine drug test. To the person who asked if you can drink the day before, I’d guess if it’s not on your breath when you enroll you’re good. I got surprised with a week early appt, had to get the band on and where it for almost a week before my sentencing date even started so be careful.
-The staff will practically try to scare you straight every time you show up, whether you’re obeying the rules or not it seems. At the beginning, I didn’t do anything wrong for a while and they accused me of constantly going outside, removing the band…etc. This happened a few check-ups in a row, then they said my equipment was faulty, replaced it and I didn’t have a single problem after. I was accused of going outside several times that I was sitting right by the monitor. It had major problems.
-They say you can’t go outside, mine even said you can’t go to the door..to the window. The ankle band communicates with the base via RF. Do yourself a favor and sketch a floor plan of your house. At the very least the outside dimensions. I took that and drew a radius of 50′ and 75′ from the base. I learned where this invisible radius was and I found if I never went past about 60′ I didn’t get questioned once. Obviously, a lot of factors could affect this but I’m telling you what worked for me. The only thing the system knows is if you leave the range of the machine. It doesn’t know what room you’re in, what you’re doing, what you’re wearing..haha. It only knows if you break the communication between the two. My monitor was at one side of the house and our house is a rectangle. If you picture a circular radius from one side of the house you can see I was perfectly in range to be in the front/back yard within that circle. Use your own judgement and take chances at your own risk. If you have a long sentence as I do, and you have time to learn the length of your leash, my best tip would be deny everything. If you barely left the range and they say you keep leaving, deny it and don’t go that far any more. Get it? FTR, I spend the majority of this last summer in my backyard tanning and floating on a raft in the pool. Went in the spa many nights, the monitor got very wet but I never held it under water for extended periods to test the water resistance.
-About work. They told me you go to work and you stay there. No leaving. Another scare tactic. They’ve told me they pull “tracks” to see where you’ve been. I found out that isn’t actually correct. They can actually pull up your whereabouts if they question what you’re doing but if it appears you’re following the rules they don’t look. Once I figured this out I would leave work for lunch whenever I wanted and go wherever I wanted.
-You’re supposed to go straight to and from allowed places. Kinda true. Mine was a GPS unit so they could tell if I didn’t go where I said I did, and I had to have a sheet signed every time I went anywhere. They did actually check every single line of my attendance sheets. I gotta say, although I cheated at home, my sheets where legit. They were impressed by how good I kept track on every visit. Do yourself a favor and keep good paperwork, it will save you a lot of headaches and questioning on your check-ins.
-About cheating the breathalyzer. Why on Earth would you want to? Obviously we’ve made some bad decisions and are now paying the price. Why not kick the alcohol to the curb instead of making another bad decision. I haven’t had any alcohol since Feb and I had a major problem drinking almost every single day before HA. I dropped it easily and don’t regret it. If you decide to continue drinking and attempt to beat the monitor…good luck

Oh ya, I used a baby monitor for the first 7 months so I could hear the alarm from outside or other rooms. If anybody wants it and is local to 951, post a message and you can come have it. It works perfectly except the ac adapter for the listening side got eaten by a pet so you have to use batteries.

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    poopsies —

    hi, i got my case trasfered from central cali to los angeles (only home arrest/dui classes/meetings.

    i applied for my trasfer 1 day before deadline to turn myself in. sitting there with probation officer (its informal) and once he completed paper work for transfer, he said i have unitl dec. 29 to go get my home arrest sign up in l.a. i am an independent contractor in the entertainment industry. will they be checking up on me popping up at the location of work? or as long as i keep everything in check with paper work and schedule will they leave me alone? again i am on informal probation.

    also with placing monitor in middle of my home (washer/dryer is in back of house, kitchen is in middle of house and my room is front of house), do i need to measure from the monitor to one end of house to other with measuring tape? i really do not want them to be on me for going outside when im not. last thing i want to do is draw attention to myself. prefer to stay and remain on the downlow.

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    Jim —

    Who was your lawyer?

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shroyer —

most of you guys are retarded. they do come to your house and check you and if you violate you go to jail, then the fun part of waiting for a home incarceration revocation hearing where you could either have to serve the remainder of the sentence or you could get back out. Im currently on house arrest for a year and im 7 mths in it. This is also my 4th time being on it too. The fee is 10 dollars a day or if your working and making more than $10/hr theyll charge you what your hourly wage is. If anyone has question and they need to know for real then hit me up. Leeshroyer@rocketmail.com

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    Brett Day —

    I have been on house arrest since February of 2012 and they have never came to my house to check on me.

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skeezer —

first, hello to all. ive read most of these posts and i have to say wow. im on house arrest in indiana. and we do things way different from how its done in cali.

first of all its done by a group called community corrections instead of sentinel or however you spell it.and the rules are a little different. i was put on house arrest for my 2nd dui. they come and check my house 1-1-3 basis. basically once a week once a week 3 weeks later then repeat. i am not hooked up to any breathalizer and the only time i have taken one was during one of the times they came here. i would be so pissed if i had to do that like 3 times a day also they have only drug tested me once. and when they did they found ketamine in my system ive never done any other drug besides tobacco caffiene and alc.. so i demanded another to be done and they found not one drug in my system sometimes i think theyre out to get me.

another thing that is different is that im not allowed any friends over at all only blood relatives unless you are engaged or married and even if they are they have to have their background checked. also i have to check in every wednesday and pay 2 weeks in advance 10 dollars a day another thing that bugs me is that at anytime they are over and there is a person there weather it be an electrician or anyone else if they are a felon currently on probation or has an open case i get in trouble… i almost went to jail because they came when a fed ex worker was here they did a check on his name and saw that they had an open case they told me that this was my second strike and one more im going to prison for 18 months.

also i think one of the ladies that checks the house has a thing for me she came during thanksgiving which was only a few days ago and she just wanted to hang out and see what i was doing… shes was not even on work hours and also she comes around everytime my fiance is gone she also calls and hangs up and i know its her number because ive called it before blocked and i know her voice shes been here at least 7 times by herself and not once was my future wife home but out getting groceries or working or anything else..she once offered to give me a massage around my ankle if i was in any pain from it being too tight…im not fucking joking.

honestly im scared i have 3 months down 3 more to go but its so hard.i dont want to upset my fiance or the worker because the consequences from both are horrible

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    Superman5150 —

    Dam man it sounds pretty strict where yr from!
    Out here in Cali Sentinel pretty much owns the state so the whole state uses them for Home Detention.
    They’re really unorganized here n really understaffed so u can get away with pretty much anything lol
    I’ve been on this shit for almost a year n never got visited once by anyone whether it be my case manager or either one of my PO’s (I have 2 diff PO’s, and am on Formal Prob.)
    I think the trick is to make urself look asinnocent as possible (make it believable tho) and they’ll leave u alone.
    As far as ur the lady hitting on u, I believe it man! My case manager is really cool she gave me her number n even invited me to go out clubbing with her n she wouldn’t say anything haha she’s pretty cute n theway she texts n talks to me says it all. Basically what I’ve learned tho is if u keep in good terms with her you can get away with more! There’s been times wen I went out late at night n she looked the other way wen it came time for my check in. Try n milk it as much as u can man! Lol

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Superman5150 —

Hey everyone it’s been a little under 8 months since I last posted. N I gotta say I’m in a better place now then I was then! :) I’ve noticed alot of new ppl finding this site n I still remember when I first found it I was just a few days into my sentence n it made me feel great to know I wasn’t alone.
I’m currently 11 months into a 12 month sentence I get off in January!
I’ve gotten to know sentinel very well over these months I’m willing to answer anybody’s questions or even Tlk if there’s anyone out there who needs to keep busy (Rule#1:always stay busy)
I will be checking this site regularly from now til the day I get released as well as after. I know it’s gonna feel so weird to adjust to the new life I’ll have after I’m released but I’m excited to say the least!
Anyway if you have any questions I’ll b happy to help!
If any of you got Facebook add me (Eric Guerra, Reedley CA) it’d b cool to keep in touch with everyone on there as well.
To all you just starting. Keep ur head up n stay strong, Ill admit I’ve had sum really dark days while on HA but patience is key. Just think of the feeling youll have the day u get released. I know that helped me n now I’m only about a month away :)
Hope this helps guys n hope to Tlk to you all soon
-Superman5150

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Giz —

Hiya Superman5150,

This site has been helpful and has put my mind at a bit of ease. Lots of information here. I too as with sentinel however in GA. I’m on day 24 of a 60 (not much of anything). I don’t even want to think about the range or all the other stuff involved. I just want it done an over with. I did try to look up your facebook but not able to locate it, so not sure what else you could provide so I can locate ya. I’m glad you’re doing good.

Giz

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Young super lambo357

WHAT I NEED TO KNOW IS…..IS THE BAND AROUND MY LEG (FULLY) WIRELESSLY CONNECTED?

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Lynch —

I saw this youtube video about removal of the ankle monitor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k34mcAY5NTU

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Kris —

Hi everyone, it was really helpful reading your comments. I’m on Sentinel based out of Santa Ana like a lot of you, and i’m 60 days into a 90 day sentence.

The first two office visits went horribly, they accused me of going outside when I was inside the whole time. I’ve stepped out the door for a cigarette but they never caught me – in fact, every single time they accused me of leaving the house, I was sitting right next to my monitor or I was sleeping. They replaced my monitor but the new one appears to have the same problems – when i’m standing right next to it, it says “transmitter out of range”. My case worker is Kelly, so if any of you have had experience with her, she can be tough but she’s clearly just overworked and hasn’t violated me.

I haven’t been in contact with my PO at all, so I called him the other day just to let him know how i’m doing well and planning to complete the sentence without incident, and he laughed at me and said most people who end up violating house arrest are pretty flagrant about it – they cut the bracelet, or they get arrested for some other offense i.e. DUI when they should have been at home, so that put me at ease. I asked if anyone has been violated on false charges of leaving their house, and he said that rarely if ever happens – if they do arrest you or bring you into court for a violation, it’s usually for a very serious violation.

Just remember everyone, keep your chin up, don’t flagrantly break the rules even though you can bend them, and try to think more about how far you’ve come than how much further you have to go.

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Michelle —

Hello! Not sure how I got to this site,I was just trying to find some info on HA & maybe a group to chat with! I’m in Orange County & with Sentinel out of Santa Ana. If anyone is wanting someone to talk with send me an email : redskyelle@gmail.com Good luck to youall!

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The Dutchman —

I have less then 22 hours left on house arrest. My sentenance was over 4 months. Not as much as some people, but I am so glad its over! I live alone besides my dog. I have gotten severe cabin fever. I was allowed to have family bring me groceries once a week. Anyway, hang in there guys and you will make it thru!

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Ron in OC —

Hello All – thx for all the info, really putting me at ease. Day 1 of 12 on a 2nd DUI (my atty was the man!). So this ankle bracelet does not appear to be charging. Even when plugged into AC power there is no green light. Checked everything, all connections are good.

It’s Friday night so Sentinel is closed. I called their 24 hour # but they didn’t know sh*t. My fear is I’m gonna get pinched out of the gate because of faulty equipment. Any recommendations or what to do?

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    Michelle —

    How the heck did you manage to only have to serve 12 days?! You’re very lucky! Anyway, about your charger “problem”, I thought I was having issues with mine as well when I first started! Whenever I would hook it up & plug it in the indicator light wouldn’t come on & I thought it wasn’t charging! I’ve since learned that after you hook everything up it can take between 1 to 5 minutes before the light starts flashing to let you know it’s charging. It takes about one hour to fully charge & the lights go out/off when it’s done & at a full charge. Hope this solved your problem :-) If you’re ever in the mood for a chat, send me an email redskyelle@gmail.com Hope to hear from ya!

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    karen —

    ron, i had all kinds of problems with the charging, id even get called at 2 or 3 am and told that its dead to plug in to charge, even while i was plugged in. just call the monitoring center tell them you want to be placed on random calls cause you dont think your charging. someone atthe monitoring center told me that there was a batch of chargers that was defective and appeared to be charging the bracelets but werent. after the 2nd time i had to go in, they switched my bracelet and gave me one of the older ones that doesnt need to be charged long as the cell phone looking thing they give u with it sits on the base which was waaaaay better! hope that helps :)

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    Larson —

    Hey Ron, I’m about to start a 6 day HA sentence here in about a month. I just found out today, but i was wondering during you’re short HA did they do any house check in’s? Is there anybody else that had a very short sentence and did or didn’t have house check in’s. I need to know so I don’t make any poor decisions. Thank you a reply from anyone would be Awesome!

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    Jim —

    Who was your lawyer? MAN! 12 days HA on 2nd DUI! WHAT IS YOUR LAWYERS NAME???

    Anyone else out there know of a GREAT LAWYER? Please Reply.

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Kris —

Don’t panic. If you’re having a problem, call your PO immediately, and if he can’t help you, call your attorney. I’ve had to do the same several times when they threatened to violate me because their equipment malfunctioned.

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webbh —

Just a quick reminder anyone planning on fleeing house arrest should never carry there own mobile with them as that’s got a gps in it and you could easily be tracked within a few days

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Stuck On A Mountain —

Hey Everyone!
I searched through all the past entries and learned alot about Sentinel and house arrest in general but it still leaves me with a couple of questions. I have to do a 8 month sentence and just started yesterday. No one came here and installed the equipment I did that myself, no alcohol testing just anklet. So far I’ve been home when I’m supposed to be, but this morning our power went out and went back on within 5 minutes, but no one called. Should I call them or leave it alone? Also, I rent a room that is separate from the main house. I go in the house to use shower/bathroom facilities but haven’t yet. Will this signal the unit to go off? My door to the main house is about 6-7 feet away and the bathroom is maybe 15-20 feet total away from the unit. Also, I am located in Southern Cali high up in the mountains (about a mile high) does this cause any problems with the frequencies? Thanks for any advice or answers.

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Scuba_Jon —

Hey whats up guys, I’ve been following this thread for a while now. Im 6 weeks into a 6 month sentence (still have a long way to go). From the Case i have lost many things, Car, friends, small growing business, $30k in lawyer and legal fee’s. My Girl friend left me, after the first week, I feel like a burden. I’ve been dealing with depression and was very spiraling into what feels like insanity. I know its worse in prison or jail but i still feel this way, probably from all the loss’s. Every time i try to talk to someone about my problems they usually just state the obvious, or get angry with me. Its about time I join in on this thread, thanks to you guys I can see that its not JUST me that feels this way. How many of you guys are still on the program?

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e_bar —

I’m currently on the program, day 39 of 364. At times, I can hardly notice that I am going through this and at other times, I feel as if the days are never ending. The best thing to do is to try and keep yourself busy. Start a project at home, pick up a good book, take the time to better yourself and learn about what you can do differently. I know that it’s easier said than done and if we were all so good at it then we probably wouldn’t be here. I tell myself every day that this situation that I am in, is only temporary. It’s a hell of a lot better than being inside. Some days will be harder and some will be easier, I have lost friends due to their way of living life, money due to court fees, etc., but I still have my freedom…well, sort of. It’s time to start appreciating the simple things, your bed, your shower, waking up at home. I feel that the program isn’t set up that well, I run into hiccups quite often with equipment and the staff at Sentinel Santa Ana. However, I have noticed that if you stay on point with your log and make sure to call in advance and provide accurate proof of your whereabouts, they can’t really do much to you. In the end, you’re a dollar sign and they’d hate to see you walk away. I’m still figuring out the length of my leash while at home so if anyone can give me a rough estimate or tips to go about figuring that out, I would greatly appreciate it.

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    Scuba_Jon —

    E_bar thanks for your input, I’ve actually started to look for more projects to do while I am at home. And yes I do notice alot of problems with the equipment and the people at sentinel seem to feed you alot of scare tactics and promote how accurate their equipment is. but from what Ive experienced is that there are times when I’ve been at home and the report says ive been outside. and there were a couple of times i stepped outside and I had told them that i did, their equipment didnt pick it up. I’ve actually have forgotten my equipment at home and came back for it 30 minutes later, i called them and told them what had happened and their their system didnt catch it?!?! but there was 1 time i did step outside and was litterally within 5 feet away from the unit, and their report had caught that one. so its hard to figure out how their system works. Just be careful because after so many exits they may send your PO to check on you.

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Rita Amazorra —

I am on day one of a 125 day home detention sentence. I live in the San Fran area. I have one GPS ankle bracelet and one alcohol sensing bracelet. Here’s my questions after reviewing all the comments here. How often do the cops show up checking for bottles of booze empty or full? Another question is in response to that guy from Indiana. If you have people over do the cops have the right to ask everyone for their I.D.’s if there is no booze in the house and we are just sitting watching TV and eating pizza? Doesn’t seem right to me.

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    Kris Craig —

    @Rita I’m no expert and I’ve never been on home detention myself, but it is my understanding that the police cannot demand IDs from other people at your house without probable cause. It has nothing to do with whether or not it’s a violation of your rights, but a violation of the rights of the people visiting your house.

    Basically, the police CAN “ask” for their IDs, just like they can “ask” for permission to search somebody’s pockets. But the person being asked has the right to refuse without fear of reprisal. The exception would be if the officer has probable cause or a search warrant. If the officer claims to have either, your guest would then be well-advised to cooperate. After the fact, if it turns out that the officer did NOT have probable cause or a warrant, any criminal charges resulting from that illegal search would be thrown out and the victim would have grounds to sue (it helps if there were witnesses present in case the officer tries to claim that voluntary consent was given).

    So no, the police do not have a right to perform any search of your guests (including an ID check) or seizure of their property simply because you’re on house arrest. The fact that your rights have been suspended as a result of a conviction does not mean that anyone visiting your home has their rights suspended as well. But if the officer claims to have probable cause or a warrant, cooperate fully, then ask everyone who was present to write down everything that happened and sign/date it if you believe the officer acted improperly. Then you can take the signed affidavits to an attorney and take it from there.

    Mind you, I’m not an attorney myself so any advice I give should be taken with a grain of salt. Your best bet would be to consult an actual attorney if this is more than just idle curiosity.

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    webbh —

    To Rita, The answer is no the cops do not have the right to check id’s unless they’ve been called to your address for example a loud noise complaint, They legally are able to check ID’s only if they reasonably believe that someone underage is consuming alcohol Unfortuantly the person on home detention has to provide their ID only if requested. The other thing to remember is the alcohol sensing bracelets malfuntion all the time as they did with Paris Hilton what you should do is just drink a very small amount of alcohol say 1 beer and see what happens you can challenge a breathalyzer in court however if you are given a blood test your screwed. It seems like you might of been on it for drink driving or something. what you will notice as i’ve been stuck on it now for 9 months is that you will become really lonely it’s important to get plenty of visitors as you would do in jail at least major advantage of home detention is that unlike in jail you can have the visitors stay as long as they like.

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Rita Amazorra —

Update:

A cop showed up at my house tonight at 8:45pm. He checked my ankle bracelets, looked in my room, cabinets, refrigerator, said “hi” to my roommate and left. All of this within 2 minutes. He didn’t check the garage, 2 refrigerators in the garage, or the spare bedrooms. Piece of cake. :)

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webbh —

Hi I actually have a very weird problem with my bracelet is it actually just keeps falling off it’s designed much like a seatbelt in a car it has 2-5 locking mechanisim’s that click on each lock mine luckily is a bit more comfortable to wear. Luckily my P.O who’s not actually my official one i mean yes same department but there’re called home detention officers, who are plain clothed he’s really good He gave me alot of lenancy that other officers wouldn’t by allowing me to attach the strap very loosely and unfortuanly too loosely it fell off when i was putting on cloths must of got caught but usually it takes a hell of alot more force to as they don’t usually just fall off. Has anyone else had this problem?? P.S this is by far my favourite forum on the net as it’s so good to read that there are other people who are struggeling and yes hurting badly with depression as just like in jail it’s very depressing. and yes just like in jail it’s all about prisoners trying to fill in time. 9 months and counting for me.

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Eighty —

Hi guys I’m serving a 60 day sentence through sentinel santa ana. My case worker has been really cool with me so far. They really like for you to be on top of your sh*t and stay organized. Fill out your log, provide check stubs time punches receipts etc. From what I can tell, as long as you are on top of your stuff they pretty much back off. Oh and for anybody worried about the initial drug test they DO go in the restroom with you and totally eyeball your junk as youre peeing so there is absolutely no way to get away with any funny stuff. I was a heavy pot smoker and had only been clean about 2 weeks before my start date. I told the girl who was going to take my specimen that I might come up dirty for weed. She didn’t really care at all and as of yet I have never heard anything about that drug test and its almost a month and a half later. And for all of you people hating life.. Seriously ANYTHING is better than jail. At least you get to shower alone, you can order pizza, re connect with your parents (if you live with them), save money, MAKE money, watch movies, play video games, invite your friends over, it’s really not that bad. If there is any info I can provide for anyone just let me know

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    Javier —

    Hey, can we talk offline. I want to know what ever happened. What’s the best way for me to approach this. I have the same situation as you apparently… Want to know about how to tell them I may have marijuana come up positive at first?

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Rita Amazorra —

What do you pay per month for your ankle bracelet. I have a GPS and a “SCRAM” bracelet. I pay $840 a month for my home detention in CA.

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Long Haul —

$840 is cheap. I paid $1316 a month. Depends which programyou choose depends the daily charge. The ankle range is around 130 feet.

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Rita Amazorra —

What they charge goes by your income. If I worked at McDonald’s I’d pay practically nothing. Sucks.

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Long Haul —

In Sacrament CA it goes by what u choose then it determines your daily fee.

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Rita Amazorra —

So far my case worker has been really cool. I’ve called him at 9:00am to ask if I could go shopping and he gave me 2 hours free time twice this week. Yesterday I had lunch at Red Lobster during my shopping time. So far this home detention isn’t that bad.

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Charlos —

My DUI was also in the OC but Sentinel let me pick up my equipment in thier Compton office as I work closer to West LA. Unorganized is the first thing I told my girlfriend about Sentinel before I stumbled upon this thread this morning. My original appt to pick up the equipment was 4PM. I was actually driving from Costa Mesa to Santa Monica when I called them and asked if I could stop by at 2PM which they allowed. I got out of there around 4PM. The PA actually gave me the equipment, hooked up my anklet, a quick run down of what to connect, took my 600 dollars and sent me on my way. She said “call us when you get home so we can make sure its all working.” I got home and did not know if anything was working so I called and they were closed. It didn’t even dawn on me to bother calling the Monitoring center which they gave me NO number for but finally found on thier website. I woke up this morning and started researching all of the devices then ran into this thread. So far it seems like everyone is pretty well informed thanks to everyone else who is posting. I’m on day two of a 90 day HA. I’m allowed to go to work, dui classes, grocery shopping once a week etc etc. When I spoke to my PO I told her I was a consultant and constantly travelled to clients. She said to just keep Sentinel in the loop of my whereabouts. When I mentioned this to Sentinel, they said, just get us time cards from your employer. We don’t care were you go since you job requiers travel. I said, I’m salary I don’t have a time card and she said just get us something on letterhead then. Ugh. Regardless, looks like they really don’t care as long as you keep under the radar and pay your fees. I have the RF monitor, GPS and BAT monitor. This is costing me 1000 a month. Guess thats the price of freedom. At least I can type this and now enjoy a Saturday night movie with good food on my couch. Hope everyone is hangin in there.

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WayBetterThanJail —

Hey y’all,

I just got hooked up last friday, the 24th. I have to do 58 days total for my 2nd DUI. I have a VERY LARGE gray bracelet (it’s about 4.5 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide). I have the breathalyser, which didn’t go off for the first 3 days, so I called them on Monday. Now it goes off 4 or 5 times a day! I’m with Sentinel out of Santa Ana. The girl who hooked me up on Friday was really nice (Sida), but she’s not my case officer. I wish she was, cuz she’s very nice, and very pretty.

Anyway, I’m from Colorado, and was out here for work when I got busted for the DUI. They made me come all the way out here to do my house arrest, which is still way better than the OC jails! Too many gang bangers in jail, and I’m just a white dude from Colorado. I’ve been on house arrest in Colorado before, and it’s way cooler than here. First of all the ankle bracelet is a lot smaller there. They don’t use GPS there, just RF. I was able to get a long phone cord and could take the base unit outside so that I could mow my yard and hang out outside, grill food and stuff. Also when I went to work, I could leave early and go hang out at the mall or at the park. You can’t do that here, with the GPS. They can track you if they want to. And Sentinel must trace the outline of your house with their mapping system, so they know when you step out your door. That sucks.

Anyway, everyone hang in there. There is absolutely no comparison between house arrest and jail. I’ve spent over 2 weeks in a Colorado jail, and it’s like the Hilton compared to OC jails – and HA is still way better than that. On HA, you can play guitar, watch movies, read books, eat whatever you want, call people all day long, leave for work, meetings, laundry, church – enjoy being outside. Jail is oppressive and you get treated like shit. The guards verbally beat you down, and it wears on you.

If you get depressed, read the Bible and pray. It definitely helps.

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Rita Amazorra —

Anyone had a visit from the police yet to check on you? The cops showed up my first day my ankle bracelets were put on. After that nobody has checked on me since Feb. 17th.

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Scuba_jon —

Hey guys, Ive been having issues with my setup, I have the RF ankle with the HMU (cell gps thing), and the base charger. there are many times where my case manager has accused me of going outside for leaves and returning within 10 minutes, and one time 45 minutes! I know for sure that i did not step outside. i dont smoke and my dog practically walks herself when i let her out. So there is no reason that i would go outside. I know someone else else having a similar issue with the bigger grey unit. Are any of you guys are having the same issue? even if you were to step outside the RF unit is a radio frequency, so its on a radius. This thing is confusing!

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Rita Amazorra —

LOL…..spoke too soon! Sheriff came to my house at 10:45 pm on the same day I posted if the cops checked on anyone lately. Scary! This sheriff guy wasn’t too happy to be here at my house. Once again everything was good so he left after 10 minutes. We’re not taking any chances around here.

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Kris Craig —

Don’t go out and guy a gun! More often than not, that just winds up putting you in even more danger. If you’re not a trained law enforcement officer, then you’re setting yourself up for a really bad outcome if you start carrying a gun around.

Instead, I would recommend you take a self-defense class. Those are FAR more effective! And it’ll also help you feel more confident and empowered. After all, you shouldn’t have to live in fear of this guy. Carrying a can of mace in your purse is also a good precaution and highly effective.

Statistically speaking, it’s extremely rare for an offender released from prison to target a previous victim. The exception would be if the two knew each other beforehand. Otherwise, he’s much more likely to target a new victim who isn’t already on alert.

But if you’re still worried and it’s having a prohibitive impact on your life, you may want to consider moving. However, to be honest, I think it’ll be much better for you in the long-run to stand your ground and show that you’re not going to let this man ruin your life by making you live in fear. You have the power to be your own best advocate. I would strongly recommend you sign-up for a self-defense class. Not only will that enable you to protect yourself, but it will also build some much-needed confidence.

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anonymous —

I am on the Sentinel home arrest until next week…I also have a home breathalyzer from them as well as the bracelet. I was wondering what would happen if you failed a breathalyzer test. Would they know immediately and contact you about it…etc, etc….or do they download a log of some sort after you bring the equipment back in once your done??

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Rita Amazorra —

Here’s the deal. If you are young you are screwed. If you are old like me you can pretty much go wherever you want with your ankle bracelet. You call your case worker and BAM! Green light. I go everywhere. I callto go get a prescription at Walgreens and I eat at the Chinese place next door. Go to Walmart to shop and I eat next door at Denny’s. No problem.

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krystina —

Hi everyone. I’m 22yrs old and I have never been in trouble for anything in my life bsides driving without insurance a few years ago… a few months ago I got my 2nd offence of driving with Bo insurance and now I’m onhm house arrest for 30 days and 2 ye probation with 150 days hanging over my head!!!!! I live in Ky this is insane. Do u all think I will have to take a drug test??? Considering I have never been in trouble for anything

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Kris Craig —

Mandatory private insurance is corporate welfare at its worst IMHO. Getting a citation for it is bad enough, but KY actually puts people on house arrest for it?! That’s absolutely despicible. Assuming what you posted is accurate, I would say you’re the victim of an injustice.

A lot of lower-income people simply cannot afford liability insurance. And yet, in many areas where public transportation is virtually non-existant, they often have no choice but to either drive without insurance or quit their job.

You got royally screwed and you have my sympathy. Unfortunately, that’s not worth very much lol. When you get off house arrest, you should consider speaking out about this. I realize that KY is a backwards redneck state dominated by pro-corporate Republicans, but you should be able to get at least some traction with the public. After all, you have no criminal history and would probably be very easy for most people to related to.

Perhaps some good can come from this if you manage to highlight this experience as a perfect example of why that idiotic law needs to be changed.

Oh and yes they’ll probably make you do drug tests. Why? Because the people writing the laws are idiots who just assume that every “criminal” is also a drug addict. So stay sober just to be on the safe side and hang in there! =)

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Ankle hurts —

Anyone else getting calls from colleges on their Sentinal tacker?

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Javier —

I have my appointment at Sentinel on Friday of this week, so 4 days away. I have smoked marijuana for 12 years straight and have been clean as of about 2.5weeks ago. I tested today dirty with a home test and am very worried about going in on Friday and testing dirty again. I know it typically takes 28 days to rid your system, however I’ve been exercising, taking niacin, econechia,etc to help the process.

I read a previous person’s experience whereby they were only clean for two weeks, the person didn’t seem to care and was told they would test again in 30 days, but never did. Can anyone else say anything about a similar experience?

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krystina —

Thanks Kris,

Yes what I wrote is all very true.. they have breathalized me twice. I have to pay $4.00a day until I’m done with this.. I’m not allowed outside or even on my porch.. I’m gonna miss my 9 month old daughters filst Easter bcuz of this. Ky laws are stupid I actually live in Louisville I think they are just after money.. how should I go about speaking out

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Meliza —

I am on HA in Indiana. You all in California haveit pretty easy. I know I can’t go out side because I woukd be caught. My field worker only had 15 clients to preform home visits. So in order you get his hours in he drives by often and comes to my house almost every day. All he does is a breathalizer and then leaves. (niceguythough..today he allowed me to sit outside for awhile)
I also have to go everyday monday – friday and checking at the office and h ave a breathalizer. Thete is no freetime. If you do not have support to do the shopping etc…you will not get approved

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    Michelle —

    Wow! Compared to you, I (in CA) do have it WAY easier! Because I have cancer I need to go to several different doctors each month, plus extra time to go to the pharmacy to get all my meds. I’m also a single parent, so because of the kids, I get 4 hours to go and do laundry, instead of the usual 2 hours. I also get 2 shopping days a week instead of the usual 1 AND I take them both to school and pick them up. It seems like I’m out of the house more than I’m in! I find it so unfair that you have to have outside support to help with shopping or you’ll be denied! So how long is your HA? I have about 50 days left out of 135. I’ve gotten pretty used to the routine, but I’d much rather make my own choices! If you’re ever bored and want to chat send me an email: redskyelle@gmail.com

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    Harry (Australia) —

    Hi all well it sucks to hear that miliza is not even allowed outside i’m sure that means not even to take out garbage or washing on the line Me i’m still stuck on it that is the evils of house arrest so much like jail that i’m basically in it but i do miss my friends from the big house. By the way now that there are so many posts on here that’s not actually related to what the discussion is about “Removing a bracelet” There is only 1 way to do it You need a Hair straightner and make sure to heat the plastic away from the main transmitter (the bulkiest part of the bracelet) as it would most likely set off the alarm. Be careful though not to burn through the wire in the middle of the strap as that would alert them to a cut bracelet and the cops would probably come around. Heat for about 1 minute been careful obviously not to burn yourself it helps to put a peice of cardboard wrapped in Alfoil to prevent the tamper alarm been set off. Always wait 10 -20 minutes at home after the bracelt is off to ensure the alarm hasn’t been set off a good way of knowing this is to check your HMU to see if it’s flashing it will usually be a green or red flash on it if you see that then if you are asking how do you then get it back on simply heat up strap the rubber should expand about 20 centimetres at most be careful as the rubber will be extreemly hot when it’s put back on a good way to deal with this is to put a sock on remeber this a golden secret not even my parole officer knows that i do this also it is incredibly important that you only do it when you are despearte for freedom the best times are during the week or after about 9pm the good news is if your officer comes to check on you while you piss off out of the house without your bracelet they will simply only check on there pager to say that you are actually there. This is obviously an escape methard to but people out there that would have to be your last resort. I’ve now been stuck on it for 10 months and it’s been one hell of a lonely sad journey with no doubt more time to come. If you were thinking of escaping it’s important to believe in yourself and obviously get out of the state please remember people that like with been in any jail you would have to plan the escape extreemly well you’d have to think of things like Where would you go? how would you support yourself financially? Avoiding detection is a hard one. The best way when your on the run is a good discuise this includes new clothes new hair style but make no mistake golden rule of running away is to get out of the state so that the cops would have to extradite you back and they can’t just come out and arrest you and also if you are really well setup with loads of money go to an Non extraditible country. Pakistan been perfect

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R'achalx —

Hey y’all
I’m R’achal I’m 25 and I started house arrest today. I’m in for 30 days and I’m in Nashville tn. Iv read all the thread and I have more questions than answers bc I think mine is way different. My bracelet says sentinel on it but I have nothing at home that’s plugged in except the charger. I don’t even know anything about the breathalyzer. No one said anything about one. Here’s my story.
I was on a pay review and missed a court date. Had choice between this and jail. Naturally I chose this. Expensive but worth it. They told me to come in to court. I did. They took me in a room. Asked for my money. My work schedule and address. Told me to charge it once in morning one at night. And to call if TGE schedule changed. That’s it. Nothing else. It’s thru a bails bonding company. It’s a small county. They have told me nothing. I do not know if lights are supposed to be on or off or green or red or how far or anything!! Please help! I’m so confused. I have no probation. Just this ankle bracelet and charger and told to come to the bail bond place every week to pay. What does green mean? Red? No light?

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Marie —

Im freaking out!!!!
My anklet is flashing red, can anybody tell me why? I noticed an hour ago it was steadily red then it began flashing. please help. I just got on house arrest today and there’s no numbers to call during after hours.

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    R'achalx —

    Marie.. You can call Sentinel at 800-278-1201
    But my HA ppl say don’t worry about the colors or flashing.
    I was freaked out as well at first. If you would like to chat u can email me at XxParisSkyxX@aim.com
    Or any other HA person.
    So.. In conclusion, don’t freak out, call the company if it makes you feel better, and email me if ur bored! :)

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jaybone —

howdy everyone….its been a long time since my last post but thats because i been busy….ok so just answering questions from this page…with over 3 years on the bracelette….i will say yes the first cple weeks they let u sweat then they just pop in on ya….ANYONE who has a bracelette can and prolly will be drug/alcohol tested…CAREFUL BCUZ WHO YOU THINK ARE YOUR FRIENDS ARE NOT!!!…they will b the first to drop a dime if u have a minor disagreement ….n e ways….if yer unit has the breathalyzer they will know immediately and ANY TYPE of failure is usually followed by incareceration….now they can do whatever but in my state they will throw u in the hole for a week or so and then possibly bring you back out…it all depends…anytime of the day they can call you into the prison for a “hand swab”…which with determine if u have touched anything…as for after hours numbers it should be in your handbook called “on duty” officers or sumthing….if its blinking dont worry too much unless you get THE CALL….they run checks every 45mins or so…so dont worry bout lights too much they will def call you if sumthings amiss….any other thing you would like to know HMU…jaybonejbne at the Y…ciao’

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Brett —

Just started my 57 days with Sentinel in Santa Ana. Went there on Wednesday to get the bracelet fitted and collect the gear. The lady Sida (I think) seemed very nice but she’ll not be the one I will be dealing with from now on. All in all it doesn’t seem too bad. Had a quick chat with a nice girl called Natalie who doing more days than me. I should have given her my number since I think cabin fever will be setting in soon. Time to catch up on all my book reading. :-)

As for tampering with the equipment I think the risks outweigh the rewards so I’ll just be keeping my head down and doing the time.

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Harry —

Hey everyone, I’ve posted on here a couple of times i have now some good news is that I’ve now offically been told that my home Detention ends This Friday, 8 June 2012, So in 4 Days i will be free from the bracelet it looks like i maybe getting moved over to Parole officer report in’s once a week but it’s fantastic news I got a very good report from my Home D officers and the court hasn’t objected to my application as it works a bit differently here in australia where you can only get off house arrest after applying to courts. Wow i must say it’s been a very long and tricky and very depressing last 367 Days since coming onto house arrest. It’s been great support though to see how everyone else is doing whether good or bad i think it would be good to start a sepreate forum as this topic is no longer about “removal of house arrest bracelet’s” of course that can be done but it leaves evidence of tampering and i nearly got into trouble after attacking my braclet with a Hair straigtner it nearly melted through the fibre optic cable. What have i learnt in last 12 months is that I can’t really get away with a life of crime i need to get my priorities right. I also learnt that i wasn’t alone in the house arrest struggle. What the corrections officers don’t care about is how depressing it makes you. Also alot of people here in australia have tried to kill themselves after been rejected to come off the program. Certainly i will say that this is not a recommended course of life for anyone there are so many simularlites to prison one good thing though is i can at least get online whenever i need to. I will come back to look in on you and help in anyway i can. Try not to worry about breath tests as they can play up sometimes and are not all that accurate my advice to anyone who’s returned a postive reading and hasn’t actually been drinking is to appeal and ask for an actual blood test as they are far more accurate. Bye for now

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Evelyn —

Hey Guys, Well Im On House Arrest. Itss My First Timee And Hopefully The Last, Well Yes i Do Knoe How To Remove My Ankle Bracelet Thingey Because Dumbb Ass Oficers Tell You How “NOT TO” Before They Put Yours On, And i Think The Smartest Way To Take It Off Is By Unscrewing The Screw Thingeys, But Where Can i Get Them From To Put It Back On Before i Go To Court, ?

If You Have Awnsers Add Me On Facebook Pleasee, evelyn_beltran09@yahoo.com.

Thank Yall.

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Skylar —

I’m on HA for a year and 1 1/2 months into it. The green light has never come on until about a day ago. What does that mean??? I am stressing out!!!!

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sam —

Hi all, I’m with sentinel in Santa Ana. My bracelet keeps making a buzzing noise and it won’t shut up . Can someone help? Can it possibly be because I went swimming with it earlier? I did however, tie the whole thing with a plastic bag. Please help!

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