The list of potential restrictions is long and full of stumbling blocks.
“You shall not gain nor attempt to gain access to the internet without prior agent approval.”
“You shall not possess nor view any material that depicts any intimate parts of an adult.”
“You shall not establish, pursue, nor maintain any dating, romantic or sexual relationship without prior agent approval.”
“You shall not be present in any location frequented by minor children without prior agent approval.”
The rules can be so strict that advocates worry that the restrictions make it too difficult for people to find housing or jobs, and that the strict restrictions of supervision can turn accidental events or the smallest of transgressions into a monumental problem that leads back to prison.
“I think it’s literally impossible for people to follow the rules,” said defense attorney Denise Hertz-McGrath, saying anything from using a smartphone to accidentally coming across a slightly risqué advertisement could be a probation violation.