What is a House Arrest?
In Florida, judges are able to give a type of sentencing known as community control which is, practically speaking, a house arrest. In fact, the state has one of the largest community control programs in the nation. Instead of sentencing an individual to a prison stay, those who have been found guilty might be sentenced to an intensively supervised stay in their own home or community.
When is it used?
Being confined to one’s home or community isn’t an option for just anyone who might be convicted. Judges review the current situation as well as the defendant’s criminal history and come to a decision regarding sentencing. The three categories of offenders that qualify for home confinement include:
- Misdemeanor/technical violators of probation
- Misdemeanor/technical violators of parole
- Individuals convicted of (non-capital) felonies who would not otherwise be eligible for parole, due to prior arrests
Why is it used?
Confinement to one’s home helps individuals who have been convicted to build responsibility in a controlled environment and support their families or otherwise improve their lives. Many home confinement sentences allow the individual to attend school or go to work, so that they can be productive members of society during and after their sentencing.
What are the House Arrest Rules?
Generally speaking, the rules of community control are as follows:
- The sentenced individual is confined to their living quarters or property (depending on the living arrangement) unless involved in an approved trip
- Approved trips include attending scheduled work shifts, scheduled worship services, scheduled shopping trips, and scheduled schooling
- Approved trips do not include recreational activities, vacations, or social activities outside of the home
Scheduling and approval are accomplished through one’s community control officer, and all trips must be approved through the officer prior to the trip.
How is Movement Monitored?
Individuals subject to this type of confinement may be required to wear an ankle monitor or house arrest bracelet. These are wireless devices which communicate the individual’s location to their community control officer. However, these types of devices are not always required; it depends upon the sentencing. If monitoring isn’t conducted in this way, officers will make random visits to the individual’s home for accountability purposes.
Carrying out an arrest search
Florida arrest records include also persons who have been subjected to community control. To trace them we recommend referring to the FDLE criminal history search. This governmental data bank displays the incarceration history of FL residents.
Some of FL counties (the larger ones) offer an online inmate search tools to locate detainees (either in jail or on a house arrest). These tools can usually be found on the sheriff’s website. Let’s take the second largest county in the state as an example: You can search for Broward County arrest records by visiting the following page on the sheriff’s website.