The state of California has long been in financial trouble. In order to curb spending, California will remove GPS trackers from 550 parolees. Currently, more than 900 parolees are tracked using GPS technology.
Left with little choice due to budget constraints, corrections officers must now monitor those who are no longer being tracked through other tracking methods. Not only will this decision mean longer hours for parole officers, but it also means concern and fear for a large number of California’s residents.
Just last week, one parolee who was released of his GPS tracking anklet was involved in a gun fight. The parolee in question broke into a home, attempted to rob the home of valuable goods, and was confronted by the homeowner who happened to have a gun.
The two engaged in a gun fight. Although nobody was hurt during this robbery, residents throughout California are worried.
Presently, there are 105,000 parolees in the state of California. This number far outweighs the 550 parolees who will be tracked using GPS technology. GPS trackers have been proven very useful throughout the state when it comes to preventing parolee crime.
Now, residents must put a large amount of faith in overworked parole officers.
Article Written by Harriette Halepis