Indiana company scrutinized over monitoring devices - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Indiana company scrutinized over monitoring devices

Posted: Updated:
Accused sex offender David Renz took advantage of a dropped signal to remove his device. Accused sex offender David Renz took advantage of a dropped signal to remove his device.
BI Incorporated monitors the devices from their offices in Anderson. BI Incorporated monitors the devices from their offices in Anderson.
  • HeadlinesHeadlinesMore>>

  • A warm pattern takes over

    A warm pattern takes over

    Saturday, April 19 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:44:21 GMT
    It will be a quiet and calm evening with light breezes out of the east and temperatures will fall into the mid 40's. Easter Sunrise is at 7:00am and the temperature will be around 46 degrees.More >>
    It will be a quiet and calm evening with light breezes out of the east and temperatures will fall into the mid 40's. Easter Sunrise is at 7:00am and the temperature will be around 46 degrees.More >>
  • Man with autism reported missing

    Man with autism reported missing

    Saturday, April 19 2014 5:35 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:35:56 GMT
    Jerome Parks, 23, was last seen around 3:00 p.m. at a group home in the 5100 block of Guion Road on the northwest side, according to authorities. He is described as 5'7" tall, weighing 180 pounds with black hair.More >>
    Jerome Parks, 23, was last seen around 3:00 p.m. at a group home in the 5100 block of Guion Road on the northwest side, according to authorities. He is described as 5'7" tall, weighing 180 pounds with black hair.More >>
  • Ball State football Spring Scrimmage in the books

    Ball State football Spring Scrimmage in the books

    Saturday, April 19 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-04-19 20:49:51 GMT
    With a modified scoring system, the defense defeated the offense by a 44-22 margin for head coach Pete Lembo, who will be in his fourth season at the helm in 2014.More >>
    With a modified scoring system, the defense defeated the offense by a 44-22 margin for head coach Pete Lembo, who will be in his fourth season at the helm in 2014.More >>
ANDERSON -

Millions of your taxpayer dollars go to keeping electronic surveillance on suspects the government considers a flight risk or down right dangerous.

Eyewitness News has learned a company with ties to central Indiana is under scrutiny after an accused sex offender in another state slipped away and killed a mother and raped her young daughter.

It took less than 60 seconds for accused sex offender David Renz, who was awaiting charges for child pornography, to give those monitoring him the slip.

Electronic monitors are designed to track offenders out on bond or parole and alert court officials at the first signs of tampering or escape. But federal probation officials in New York, weary of false alarms, instructed employees at BI Incorporated not to issue alerts on brief monitor interruptions.

So when Renz lost his signal for less than a minute, it was dismissed as a mere bump against a wall. Hours later, authorities discovered Renz had removed the ankle bracelet and reassembled it. He left it at home while he went on a crime spree, stabbing a woman and raping a 10-year-old girl.

Now BI Incorporated, with training and monitoring offices in Anderson, is under government review. Eyewitness News went to BI Incorporated's fourth-floor monitoring center in downtown Anderson, but were quickly turned away at the elevator by an employee who said the area was restricted.

No one from BI Incorporated could tell Eyewitness News how many offenders are being watched here in Indiana under the United States probation system contract, but one of the last big names ordered to home monitoring before his trial was convicted financier Tim Durham.

A spokesman at the U.S. Probation Department in the Southern District of Indiana says it has received all of its "tamper alerts" from BI Incorporated, no matter how long the circuit interruption.

BI Incorporated has been under contract with the Federal government since 2009 with more than $219 million in contracts.

The probation department in the Southern District of Indiana says its most recent contract expires in June, with an option for renewal.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Friends, colleagues remember life of slain IMPD officer

    Friends, colleagues remember life of slain IMPD officer

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-04-19 16:34:23 GMT
    Picture provided by familyPicture provided by family
    The influence of an IMPD officer killed by her ex-husband in a murder-suicide went far beyond the police department. Neighbors and those who worked with Ofc. Kimberlee Carmack are still trying to understandMore >>
    The influence of an IMPD officer killed by her ex-husband in a murder-suicide went far beyond the police department.More >>
  • Franklin mom visited by phony CPS workers

    Franklin mom visited by phony CPS workers

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-04-17 12:11:37 GMT
    A Franklin woman is warning other mothers after she says two people came to her house and threatened to take her children.More >>
    A Franklin woman is warning other mothers after she says two people came to her house and threatened to take her children.More >>
  • Murder-suicide tragedy rare, but followed pattern

    Murder-suicide tragedy rare, but followed pattern

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:49 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:49:46 GMT
    The domestic violence case that ended in the murder-suicide of two IMPD officers reveals a serious danger for police officers that goes far beyond the risks they face each day in the line of duty.More >>
    The domestic violence case that ended in the murder-suicide of two IMPD officers reveals a serious danger for police officers that goes far beyond the risks they face each day in the line of duty.More >>
Powered by WorldNow