The Electronic Monitoring Program, House Arrest and Home Supervision Programs allow the court and Probation Department to use the least restrictive controls necessary to ensure court appearances and encourage pro-social behavior.

The Electronic Monitoring Program (EMP) utilizes electronic ankle transmitters to aid the minor in adhering to compliance issues and permits the participation in and practice of interventions. EMP is an innovative program used as an alternative to “traditional” detention, to facilitate a youth’s re-entry into the community after detention, and to enhance supervision of minors in the community. Using the most updated technology, five Deputy Probation Officers maintain a caseload and have contacts with the minors three times a week, providing intensive supervision and ensuring compliance with court orders and expectations. Minors are equipped with an ankle transmitter and a monitor is placed in the home, tracking the minors in the home and community. Minors are detained on EMP for an average of 21 to 120 days. While on the Electronic Monitoring Program, minors are allowed to attend school, church, counseling, and/or verified employment.

House Arrest and Home Supervision are also alternatives to “traditional” detention utilized by the court and Probation Department. Home Supervision and House Arrest provide enhanced supervision and accountability of minors in the community. While on House Arrest, minors remain at home at all times except to attend school, church, counseling, and/or work, if employed. A minor may also participate in pro-social, extra-curricular school activities or programs deemed appropriate by the Deputy Probation Officer while on Home Supervision.

If you have questions about a court case, contact the San Mateo County Courts.
If you want to know which Probation Officer is assigned to your case, call (650) 312-8807.



What is Home Supervision (HS)?

Home Supervision is the least restrictive response to a probation violation and not considered secure custody time. The child can only leave home between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. if accompanied by a parent or guardian and after calling HA/HS staff to let them know when they are leaving and returning. They may attend school, counseling and church, as well as extracurricular activities and work, if employed.

What is House Arrest (HA)?

House Arrest is also not considered secure custody time. The child can only leave the home to attend church, school or counseling with a parent or guardian. The child may be allowed to participate in pro-social activities at the discretion of the DPO. The DPO also has discretion to allow the child to work, if employed. The child must call HA/HS staff whenever they are leaving or returning to the home.

What is the Electronic Monitoring Program (EMP)?

The Electronic Monitoring Program is the most restrictive as it is ordered by the Court. The restrictions are the same as HA but the child must also wear an ankle transmitter that cannot be removed. If the child leaves the home, the Probation staff will be alerted.

Who is eligible for EMP?

EMP is an alternative to traditional detention in the Juvenile Hall, for those children who are awaiting Court, transitioning to other probation programs or who are serving therapeutic detention time. It is ordered by the Court for those children who do not pose a serious threat to the community or themselves, are not a flight risk, and are otherwise safe in the community.

How does EMP work?

An ankle transmitter is placed on the child that cannot be removed. This device is monitored to make sure that the child is in the home or where they are supposed to be. Your child will be seen by a DPO regularly.

What is required for my child to be on EMP?

The Judge must order that the child be on EMP. The Judge will consider the following; the child’s behavior in Juvenile Hall, a home environment safe for the child, and the child must be willing to comply with all release conditions. School placement and counseling are also considered.

The system can be connected to a cable line (ethernet) in the home or by using the cellular towers (Wi-Fi) connection.

What will EMP cost me?

There is no fee for this program. However, if any of the EMP equipment is damaged, you will be responsible for the cost of the equipment.