US: Researchers at the Center for Spatial Analysis, University of Oklahoma (OU) have partnered with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to create TRACKS, a GPS-based Web application to track and analyse offenders.
Location-based offender monitoring systems are widely adopted in Oklahoma and other states as a cost-saving alternative to incarceration for low-risk offenders. The OU project has been funded by the National Institute of Justice. TRACKS will provide advanced analysis of parolees’ movements and track their spatial and temporal patterns. It will offer a variety of tools to monitor behavior, including daily offender movement, geographical features, a social network of potential parolee interaction, hot spots of crime, crime scene correlation and daily alert reports. At the end of the project, OU will make the application publicly available.