Bloomberg Law
July 14, 2020, 10:00 AM

Covid-19 Created a Bigger Market for Electronic Ankle Monitors

Cara Tabachnick
Cara Tabachnick
Bloomberg News

In mid-March, as Covid-19 threatened vulnerable prison populations in the Netherlands, 200 nonviolent inmates nearing the end of their sentences were released with electronic monitoring equipment. “We heard the news on a Saturday, and by Tuesday all the prisoners had bracelets,” says Eric Staal, policy adviser for Dutch probation services. They had enough for the discharged convicts, but to ensure a steady supply, the Ministry of Justice and Security purchased 1,500 additional bracelets from Attenti Group Ltd., a leading manufacturer.

The coronavirus has decimated many businesses, but electronic monitoring (EM) makers are thriving. Governments around the world are releasing ...

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