Electronically monitored "house arrest," or home detention may be available as a substitute or alternative to going to jail. It may even be used as an alternative to a portion of the mandatory jail time. The availability of this option varies from State to State and the use of the option may depend upon the particular Judge on your case.
Electronic house detention commonly involves periodic telephone checks, wearing a bracelet or anklet transmitter, or both telephone checks and wearing a transmitter. The restriction is not necessarily 24 hours a day. Limited time away from home may be allowed for work, education, or medical reasons.
Home detention programs require the defendant to pay a private company to install and monitor the electronic equipment used to ensure his or her restriction to the home.