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Saturday, April 24, 2004

Doing Time, Remotely:

"Present Imperfect

A few inmates have figured out ways to beat the system. In October 1999, Norman Hill, 31, of Newark, N.J., used extension cords to extend his electronic tether far enough to get outside his apartment and resume his street corner drug business. He was arrested on charges that included possession of and intent to sell heroin in a school zone.

Glitches in the system, such as inadequate oversight, can have even more tragic results.

Also in October 1999, Michael Farris of St. Louis, Mo., was awaiting trial on a burglary charge when he was released to a home-monitoring program. He detached his monitoring equipment and went without supervision for nearly a month, even though his supervisor knew of the violation almost immediately. During his freedom, he allegedly strangled a woman."

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