Home Detention (Electronic Monitoring)

One must live in Portage County to be placed in the Home Detention Program.

Eligibility and the “LSI” Evaluation
An inmate will not be considered for the Home Detention Program until he/she completes a Level of Service Inventory (LSI).  The LSI is an evaluation of an individual’s offense, their legal history and other factors to determine whether he/she is suitable for electronic monitoring.  This is Step #1 in the process and no serious discussion of placement on Home Detention will occur until the LSI is completed and reviewed.

Home Detention Not Ordered By the Court
Portage County Courts may order that an offender be considered for Home Detention, however the courts can’t order placement on Home Detention.  The final decision rests with the Sheriff and Home Detention Program staff, based upon the evaluation process.  Courts from other counties have no authority to order Portage County to provide electronic monitoring.

The cost of the LSI evaluation is $25.00.
The fee for installation of monitoring equipment is $30.00.
The daily fee for Home Detention is $20.00 and must be paid in advance.

An inmate accepted on the Home Detention Program must make an initial $300.00 payment at the time he/she comes in to have the monitoring equipment installed (this covers the $30 installation fee and two weeks of monitoring fees).  If electronic monitoring will be for 14 days or less, the Home Detention staff will calculate the amount of pre-payment.  If fees are not paid in advance, you may be removed from electronic monitoring.

System Requires Basic Telephone Service
The electronic monitoring equipment will not work if you have any additional phone services or features, such as the internet, “Call Waiting”, “Three-Way Calling” or “Call Forwarding”.  These must be removed before Home Detention equipment is installed.  Failure to do so may result in your being held in jail rather than being released on electronic monitoring.

Drunk Driving Convictions and the Ignition Interlock Device
Beginning in July, 2010, an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) must be installed on any vehicles owned by or registered to a repeat drunk driver (and for related drunk driving offenses).  In order to be eligible for either electronic monitoring or work/school release (Huber), an inmate who operates a motor vehicle to get to/from work must have the Ignition Interlock Device installed on their vehicle(s).