Home Detention

Home Detention/Electronic Monitoring Program (EMP)

The EMP and Home Supervision (HS) Programs allow the court and Probation Department to use the least restrictive controls necessary to ensure court appearances and encourage pro-social behavior.

HS/GPS are also alternatives to “traditional” detention utilized by the court and Probation Department. HS and House Arrest (HA) provide enhanced supervision and accountability of minors in the community. While on House Arrest, youth remain at home at all times except to attend school, church, counseling, and/or work, if employed. A youth may also participate in pro-social, extra-curricular school activities or programs deemed appropriate by the Deputy Probation Officer while on Home Supervision.

Home Supervision (HS)

HS is the least restrictive response to a probation violation and not considered secure custody time. The youth can only leave home at specific times if accompanied by a parent or guardian They may attend school, counseling and church, as well as extracurricular activities and work, if employed.

Electronic Monitoring Program (EMP)

The EMP is the most restrictive as it is ordered by the Court. The restrictions are the same as HA but the youth must also wear an ankle transmitter that cannot be removed. If the youth leaves the home, the Probation staff will be alerted.


EMP is an alternative to traditional detention in the Juvenile Hall, for those youth who are awaiting Court or serving therapeutic detention time. It is ordered by the Court for those youth who do not pose a serious threat to the community or themselves, are not a flight risk, and are otherwise safe in the community.

How it Works

An ankle transmitter that cannot be removed is placed on the youth. This device is monitored to make sure that the youth is in the home or where they are supposed to be. Your child will be seen by a Probation Officer regularly.


The Judge must order that the youth be on EMP. The Judge will consider the following; the youth’s behavior in Juvenile Hall, a home environment safe that is safe, and the youth must be willing to comply with all release conditions. School placement and counseling are also considered.