To Keep Them From Violating Restraining Orders, Staten Island Domestic Abusers Will Be Required to Wear Ankle Bracelets
Today in things we can't believe didn't come sooner: a pilot program on Staten Island is now outfitting convicted domestic abusers with an ankle monitor. Their victims will be alerted by text if the abuser get too close to the "exclusion zones" they've been court-ordered to stay away from. If the abuser actually enters the zone, the victim gets a call from a live operator, warning them to call 911. The program, which was was first reported by the Daily News, was announced nearly two years ago, but has apparently taken until now to implement. And although it's excellent news for an area that's been especially hard-hit in recent years by domestic violence, it's also important to understand what ankle-monitoring programs can and can't do.
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