Recently, high technology has found an application in the area of probation. Although the probation technology does not parallel the intrusiveness of some of the previously mentioned electronic surveillance techniques, such an application of high technology may lead to greater intrusions on not only the privacy of persons convicted of crimes, but on society in general. This comment will discuss an existing probationer surveillance program in New Mexico, an analysis of electronic surveillance under the fourth amendment, post-conviction rights, and whether or not such a monitoring program is a valid condition of probation under federal and state statues.
Julie M. Houk,
Electronic Monitoring of Probationers: A Step Toward Big Brother?, 14 Golden Gate U. L. Rev.