Delivering effective community supervision services has always
been challenging; however, recent societal shifts have raised the
stakes. Increased access to technology and corresponding increases
in computer-facilitated crime have resulted in a greater number
of tech-savvy individuals under supervision. A complete ban on
individuals’ access to computers and the internet is generally not
justifiable (or practical) except in the most extreme circumstances.
Therefore, supervision agencies must be able to assess and manage
the risks. Managing a supervisee’s virtual presence can deter new
crimes or help officers detect new crimes and monitor compliance
with conditions of supervision, but it also can be used to identify
problematic behaviors that should be addressed before a new crime
occurs.

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