3DaysCount

  • Guest Blog: The Myth of the Electronic Monitor (12/12/2018)

    By James Kilgore, co-director of FirstFollowers Reentry Program


    The first time I saw an electronic ankle monitor was 2009. Unfortunately, it was on my own leg. After six and a half years in prison, I figured this little band of plastic wasn’t going to be much of a hindrance. Wrong.

    For my first week of “freedom,” I was only allowed out of the house Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. I didn’t feel too free. The more I kept looking at my ankle, the more questions I had. They told me the device only tracked my location, but how was I to know it wasn’t listening to my conversations? When I went to sleep at night, I kept having visions that my parole officer was lying across the foot of my bed looking up at me. I knew he wasn’t there, but the vision wouldn’t go away.

    I ended up spending a year on this device. Eventually I adjusted (sort of) but I never stopped asking questions. I had to give my parole officer a list of all my movements two weeks in advance, specifying time and place. Any deviations from the list and I could be back watching my incarcerated brothers slamming dominoes in the prison day room. No spontaneous walks around the block to get some fresh air, no midnight pizza runs. How much sense did that make? I had done my time in prison, why should I have to do more time in my living room? (more…)


05/25/2016

More Evidence of the Harms of Money Bail

Three research reports released earlier this month add substantially to what we know about the harms caused by money bail. Research is crucial to building momentum […]
03/15/2016

Why Three Days Count from a Defender’s Perspective

By Leah Garabedian, Defender Counsel, The National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) 3DaysCount is a critically important campaign that stands to change the lives of millions […]
10/28/2015

3DaysCount: A Different Kind of Campaign

Last week, dozens of supporters attended the launch event for PJI’s 3DaysCountTM campaign in Washington, DC. Speakers at the event included US Representative Donald Norcross of […]