CHAPTER FIVE - DETERMINING THE SENTENCE


PART F - SENTENCING OPTIONS


§5F1.2.     Home Detention

Home detention may be imposed as a condition of probation or supervised release, but only as a substitute for imprisonment.


Commentary

Application Notes:

1.      "Home detention" means a program of confinement and supervision that restricts the defendant to his place of residence continuously, except for authorized absences, enforced by appropriate means of surveillance by the probation office.  When an order of home detention is imposed, the defendant is required to be in his place of residence at all times except for approved absences for gainful employment, community service, religious services, medical care, educational or training programs, and such other times as may be specifically authorized.  Electronic monitoring is an appropriate means of surveillance and ordinarily should be used in connection with home detention.  However, alternative means of surveillance may be used so long as they are as effective as electronic monitoring.

2.      The court may impose other conditions of probation or supervised release appropriate to effectuate home detention.  If the court concludes that the amenities available in the residence of a defendant would cause home detention not to be sufficiently punitive, the court may limit the amenities available.

3.      The defendant's place of residence, for purposes of home detention, need not be the place where the defendant previously resided.  It may be any place of residence, so long as the owner of the residence (and any other person(s) from whom consent is necessary) agrees to any conditions that may be imposed by the court, e.g., conditions that a monitoring system be installed, that there will be no "call forwarding" or "call waiting" services, or that there will be no cordless telephones or answering machines.

Background:  The Commission has concluded that the surveillance necessary for effective use of home detention ordinarily requires electronic monitoring.  However, in some cases home detention may effectively be enforced without electronic monitoring, e.g., when the defendant is physically incapacitated, or where some other effective means of surveillance is available.  Accordingly, the Commission has not required that electronic monitoring be a necessary condition for home detention.  Nevertheless, before ordering home detention without electronic monitoring, the court should be confident that an alternative form of surveillance will be equally effective.

In the usual case, the Commission assumes that a condition requiring that the defendant seek and maintain gainful employment will be imposed when home detention is ordered.

Historical Note:  Effective November 1, 1987.  Amended effective November 1, 1989 (see Appendix C, amendments 271 and 302).