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March 8, 2023

ICE Reported Contractor's 'Inflated' Ankle Monitor Data
By Micah Danney

Contractor BI Inc.'s weekly reports to ICE showed a dramatic increase in ankle monitors during the fiscal year 2022, statistics the agency shared publicly for months until it released corrected figures in December, according to the nonprofit data research group Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC. The corrected figures showed a steady decrease in ankle monitors, with many migrants being tracked either by a smartphone app at a third of the cost per person, or with no technology at all, TRAC said in its report published on Tuesday. "This raises a number of questions. Who is minding the store? Is ICE not checking BI's reports? How far back was this or other misreporting going on? And today, can the public trust the accuracy of current reports?" TRAC said. According to its comparison of ICE's "supposedly" corrected year-end report with the original version, TRAC claimed the inaccurate data resulted in a technology cost total that was 31% higher than it should have been, "presumably" as were payments BI was due, TRAC said. BI originally reported a daily technology cost of more than $361,000 in 2022, according to TRAC, but the actual cost was just over $276,000 per day, according to the corrected year-end report the agency posted on its website.

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