Electronic home monitoring

Hennepin County’s electronic home monitoring program is a community-based alternative sanction used by the courts in lieu of incarceration for low-risk offenders. On any given day, about 350 offenders are monitored electronically in Hennepin County.

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How are residents monitored?

Residents are monitored electronically 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the use of:

  • Proximity monitoring equipment to ensure the location of residents
  • Transdermal alcohol monitoring devices (ankle bracelets) to continuously monitor and measure alcohol consumption by reading perspiration or vapors emitted through the skin
  • Remote breathalyzer monitoring equipment, which measures blood alcohol content from breath samples

Program requirements

Program participants must have a verifiable address and be able to stay at that residence.

Program participants are required to have a working non-cell telephone line (cell phones do not work with EHM equipment) with none of the following features:*

  • Call waiting/call forwarding/three-way calling
  • Voice mail/answering machines/computer connections
  • Blocked calls/caller ID

* Placement in the program will be delayed and residents will remain in the Adult Corrections Facility until phone features are removed. Contact your telephone service provider at least one week prior to your reporting date and time to remove these features.

Admissions process


Adult offenders ordered to serve a sentence on electronic home monitoring must report to the Adult Corrections Facility on the date and time specified by the court. Only the sentencing judge may change report dates.

Those who do not have transportation to the Adult Corrections Facility may report to the Public Safety Facility located in downtown Minneapolis for transport by Adult Corrections Facility officers.


When you report to the Adult Corrections Facility, you must bring:

  • Identification (i.e., driver's license or state issued ID)
  • A copy of the commitment issued by the court


  • A $30 booking fee will be charged
  • All residents on electronic home monitoring will be charged $16 per day
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