OMAHA, NE, December 28, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — Vigilnet America LLC (Vigilnet), a provider of offender monitoring services to the criminal justice system, announced today that it has acquired the assets of Iowa-based Innovative Monitoring Systems (IMS). This strategic acquisition expands Vigilnet’s Midwest footprint into Iowa, allowing for operating synergies and efficiencies, given its corporate offices are in Omaha. Vigilnet is one of the largest multi-state providers of alternative sentencing programs in the country. The transaction was effective December 23, 2021.
IMS, established in 2013, has provided services that include SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring and GPS tracking in 72 counties throughout Iowa. Vigilnet currently has programs operating throughout Nebraska, Oregon, Washington, Pennsylvania, and now in Iowa. According to Jake Dawes, Vigilnet’s Chief Operating Officer, his company will be expanding the reach of our services into the neighboring state of Iowa, where we will be implementing Vigilnet’s customer service-based model to local law enforcement agencies. “We recognize that high-quality support is fundamental to the success of offender management programs,” says Dawes. “Parole & Probation Departments, Sheriff’s Offices, Jails, Attorneys and Participants in Iowa will now have access to the latest monitoring technologies coupled with consistently reliable and local service. We look forward to partnering with these agencies and communities,” adds Dawes.
The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with overcrowded prisons and corrections costs consuming local, state, and federal budgets. According to Dawes, this transaction–and Vigilnet’s expansion in the Midwest.– is a testament to the role that technology-enabled services like SCRAM are playing as they help alleviate overcrowding, reduce costs, protect communities, and support offender rehabilitation.
Vigilnet is a leading provider of alternative sentencing services to the correction industry. Since 2006 the company has helped courts, probation offices, and other agencies implement effective programs for offender management that reduce costs and protect communities. The Company services more than 130 agencies across the country and has effectively monitored over 100,000 offenders. Vigilnet is an authorized distributor of SCRAM alcohol monitoring solutions from Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc. as well as other monitoring technologies. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
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