FAQsFrequently Asked Questions About CheckUps
Where is CheckUps based?
CheckUps headquarters are in San Antonio, Texas, and the company works with clients nationwide.
Who founded the company and when was it launched?
Enrique Pavlioglou launched CheckUps in 2017 after his own experience with the criminal justice system. During this time, Pavlioglou noticed various inefficiencies in the system and thought of ways to improve the process for others. This ultimately led to him developing CheckUps as a solution for people on bail or probation to check- in with their bail bondsmen or probation officer using their smartphones. In 2019, he participated in Geekdom’s six-week startup program with Alamo Angels and secured $22,500 via Tech Fuel’s business pitch competition program. Today, the company assists businesses in multiple industries.
Who is currently using CheckUps?
CheckUps is used to monitor and track individuals under community supervision by numerous criminal justice systems in Texas counties, including Bexar County Pretrial, Bell County, Lampasas County, and Medina County. To date, more than 5,000 individuals under community supervision have been enrolled and monitored using CheckUps’ technology.
How does CheckUps work?
CheckUps provides an app-based system that allows supervising officers to monitor and track individuals under supervision via GPS, photographic verification, and electronic signature. Individuals under supervision use CheckUps to check- in with their court-appointed supervisor by opening the app, clicking a button, and sending a time-stamped selfie with an embedded GPS location. The supervisor then accepts or denies the check-in based on the photo and information received.
CheckUps allows low-risk probationers to easily inform their probation officers they haven’t left town, broken curfew, or committed any other probation violations. A more efficient and cost-saving option than the physical check-in process currently in use in the criminal justice system.
Business-wise, it also allows supervising officers to keep track of their team members quickly and efficiently.
What are the benefits of using CheckUps?
While 40 percent of adults in community supervision programs are misdemeanor probationers, these individuals consume a disproportionate amount of time for parole and probation officers due to the current check-in process. CheckUps increases productivity by automating the process of monitoring and controlling the whereabouts of individuals under community supervision.
The technology removes the need for face-to-face meetings and allows civil servants to focus on high-risk individuals. The outdated process is equally burdensome on individuals under community supervision as checking in is time-consuming and often has a significant impact on their income are affecting their ability to effectively reinsert themselves into society and lower their risk of reoffense.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, CheckUps has also proved to be beneficial in lowering the risk of infection in the criminal justice system and other industries by reducing the need for face-to-face interactions between supervisor officers and probationers.
Is CheckUps safe and secure?
CheckUps uses GPS, photographic verification, and electronic signatures to allow supervising officers to see where an individual under supervision is at all times. Its data is cloud-based and thus less vulnerable to system failures, plus the platform has been and is continuously tested to ensure data is kept safe and secure.
Additionally, CheckUps only uses basic information such as an individual’s name, birthdate, and court dates, all of which can also be found in publicly available records, eliminating the risk of invading an individual’s private information.
Why is CheckUps currently offering the free use of its software?
Using CheckUps can help stop further spreading Coronavirus by allowing the continuation of community supervision programs while removing the need for physical check-ins. Furthermore, as prisons, detention centers, and jails act as a breeding ground for COVID-19, endangering the safety of inmates and civil servants, many counties are considering the possibility of releasing low-risk probationers to flatten the curve.
CheckUps is a unique solution that helps these institutions by eliminating the need for face-to-face meetings while also saving time and costs.
We understand the strain that community supervision programs are currently under, so we are offering counties across the nation the opportunity to use our software free of charge.