by Vikrant P. Reddy, Marc A. Levin
Texas Public Policy Foundation
May 08, 2014
Over the last three decades, the United States has seen an extraordinary burst of technological innovation. Criminal justice policy in Texas is one area that could especially benefit from innovation. In particular, technology has the potential to completely revolutionize community supervision. The fundamental needs of community supervision are technologies for monitoring offenders, for communicating with them, and for analyzing data about them. In all of these areas, technology has grown leaps and bounds. Policymakers should be open to technological innovations in computing, mobile communication, and mapping that could dramatically improve community supervision practices.