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Name: In re Lorenzo L.
Case #: C055693
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 3 DCA
Opinion Date: 06/09/2008

Time spent on an electronic monitoring program was not physical confinement for purposes of predispositional credit in juvenile case. The minor was committed to the DJJ, following his admission to several felony offenses. On appeal, he contended that the juvenile court erred by failing to award him predispositional credit for 28 days he spent in an electronic monitoring program (EMP). The appellate court rejected the argument, finding that because the minor’s electronic monitoring was not physical confinement, it did not entitle him to credit against his subsequent confinement. A minor is entitled to credit against his term of confinement for time spent in physical confinement, but time spent at home equipped with an electronic monitor is not physical confinement.