Home Confinement Ankle Bracelet with Control Panel

Description (Brief)
The high cost of building and maintaining prisons motivated a search for alternatives. One approach adopted by state and local governments for certain offenders entailed home confinement monitored by an electronic device. This ankle bracelet communicates with the control box. Should the wearer move out of range of the box without authorization a message is dispatched to local law enforcement authorities.
Object Name
ankle bracelet
date made
ca 1990
BI Incorporated
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
bracelet: 2 7/8 in x 3 7/8 in x 3 1/2 in; 7.3025 cm x 9.8425 cm x 8.89 cm
control box: 3 in x 7 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in; 7.62 cm x 19.05 cm x 11.43 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
American Enterprise
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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