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Can New Technology To Replace Ankle Monitors Reduce Recidivism?

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New smartphone technology to track offenders is being used as an alternative to ankle monitors.

Ankle monitors help law enforcement track people on probation and parole. They can also be an alternative to imprisonment and save government money. But critics say they're unreliable, uncomfortable, and can be a scarlet letter. Now, devices -- similar to smartphones -- are emerging as replacements. 

We speak with Joe Russo, of the American Probation and Parole Association and the University of Denver, and with Michael Hirschman, Chief Executive Officer of TRACKtech, which makes a monitoring device.