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Sheriff, company release findings on ankle monitor incident

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Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman (File photo) Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman (File photo)
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Media representatives for the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office have released statements by Sheriff Marlin Gusman and Omnilink on an incident regarding one of the company's ankle monitors.

A juvenile wearing one of the monitors was arrested this week as a suspect in a series of armed robberies in Uptown New Orleans.  Sheriff Gusman had said the device was malfunctioning.

Omnilink prepared a report of its analysis of the monitoring incident for the OPSO, and that report suggests that automated email alerts from the company's Monitoring Center were properly sent to deputies when communication with the device was lost.

Here's a summary of Omnilink's report:

Omnilink's system generated the automated alerts as expected to the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office e-mail address, and the Omnilink Monitoring Center provided the human back up to ensure the alerts were received by Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office.  'No Communication' events are not uncommon and are caused when the device cannot communicate with cell towers for a variety of reasons, such as cellular network issues.

Marc Ehrhardt of the Ehrhardt Group forwarded the Omnilink statement Friday evening, along with a joint statement by Sheriff Gusman and Omnilink:

NEW ORLEANS – Oct. 5, 2012 – Following is an update from the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office and Omnilink regarding the juvenile arrested Tuesday, Oct. 2, with a monitoring bracelet:

"The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the monitoring equipment worn by a juvenile arrested Oct. 2. We are examining all aspects of this process, including the personnel monitoring this client," said Sheriff Marlin Gusman. "We received a preliminary report yesterday from Omnilink that included a timeline of events. This report also listed the next steps that need to be taken to better determine the causes of this incident."

"The Sheriff's Office is working with Omnilink to develop a comprehensive report about this incident and our program as a whole. Any comments about this matter without accurate information are either speculation or misinformation," said Gusman.

"Omnilink and the OPSO are working toward a full evaluation of the Orleans Parish Electronic Monitoring program and this specific incident," said Daniel Graff-Radford, vice president and general manager of Omnilink. "We will present a report evaluating the entire program and this incident. Until that report is finished, Omnilink has no official statement about this incident or the operation of the program as a whole."

"The Orleans Parish Electronic Monitoring Program is a successful tool used by the city's judges as a constructive alternative to incarceration. The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office has operated this program for two years effectively and efficiently," said Sheriff Gusman. "We welcome the opportunity to improve and to demonstrate the effectiveness of this program, as we have previously."

The juvenile suspect's name is redacted from the report.

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