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One of the most common fees in the criminal justice system is a charge for electronic ankle bracelets – a device that is largely used to allow offenders to serve time at home instead of in jail. The monitor tracks the offenders' whereabouts, and alerts the police if they aren’t where they’re supposed to be.

However, the original purpose behind these devices was vastly different.

NPR’s Emma Anderson discusses the evolution of the electronic ankle bracelet as part of an NPR investigation into how fees are creating inequities in the criminal justice system.

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This segment aired on May 26, 2014.

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