GPS Tracking for Parolees

One of the great benefits of GPS tracking is that it allows people to know where others are. This use has several applications, such as keeping track of your kids, your car, and even your computer. Law enforcement in some states is also using GPS tracking to keep track of criminals on parole. This action allows officers to monitor where the parolees are going in order to make sure they are following the stipulations of their parole, such as avoiding bars, and–more importantly–making sure convicted sex offenders are kept away from locations used by children, such as schools and playgrounds.Read More

South Australia Considers Use of Tracking Devices to Keep Tabs on Sex Offenders

In July 2013, two bills urging a tightening of restrictions on alleged child sex offenders were making their way through South Australia’s Parliament, one of which urged the use of GPS tracking devices to facilitate children’s safety. The Correctional Services (GPS Tracking for Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill was originally introduced by Member of Parliament Ann Bressington in 2012 and would allow the Chief Executive Officer to require convicted child sex offenders to “wear or carry an electronic tracking device.” The wearer would also be required to “comply with any directions of the Chief Executive Officer . . . relating to theRead More

Proposed NC GPS Tracking Legislation Raises Concerns

The North Carolina State House recently passed a piece of legislation which, if passed, would give judges the option of ordering people accused of domestic assault to wear a  GPS tracking device as part of a domestic violence protection order. The legislation will go to the State Senate next, but some NC citizens have expressed concerns about potential problems that could arise based on faulty GPS information. Critics have three primary concerns: false alerts, dropped signals, and financial burdens. Some argue that because GPS satellite signals are not 100% accurate, false alerts could be triggered, indicating that the wearer hasRead More

Australia: 16 Sex Offenders Tracked With GPS Devices

Australia’s state government is approaching the monitoring of sexual offenders in a different way: by introducing GPS tracking devices worn around the ankle. The goal is to keep a closer eye on these criminals when they are released back into the community, and is made possible by new laws put into place which allow the use of GPS devices to track those people classified under the Dangerous Sex Offender Act. The system will track these offenders 24 hours each day. They began using the system in May, and they’re hoping it is successful. Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis said thatRead More

Bill Passed to Discourage Sex Offenders from Removing GPS Trackers

It’s not uncommon for criminals released from prison to violate their terms of parole by skipping out on meetings with their law enforcement officer or cutting off their GPS tracked ankle bracelet. Some have been known to go so far as to simply drain the battery on their monitoring device. Apparently, the trend has become alarmingly frequent–particularly in California where a cited statistic of over four thousand criminals were found to have cut off their monitoring anklet. In response, California legislature has passed the SB57 bill, which will significantly stiffen the punishment specifically for sex offenders for violation of paroleRead More

UK Justice Secretary: GPS Monitoring of Criminals to ‘Turn the Tide of Crime’

Watch out, UK criminals. The Justice Secretary isn’t messing around. Chris Grayling detailed the ‘targeted rehabilitation’ program when an inmate is released from prison, relying on GPS tracking of tens of thousands of short-sentence prisoners for a 12-month period or more. He says this will ‘turn the tide of crime,’ as well as various other measures he discussed regarding moving criminals away from a life of crime. Another measure: mandatory drug testing for drug offenders, robbers, and burglars. If cannabis is detected, they can be brought immediately back to jail. As it stands now, only Class A drugs are includedRead More

Orange County, FL: GPS Monitoring On The Job

Each day, judges in Orange County, FL are faced with the difficult task of deciding what to do with those accused of violent crimes while they await trial. As of April 2, their option to include GPS tracking of these criminals was taken away, making this job even tougher. But why did it happen in the first place? The company put in charge of monitoring the GPS bracelets chose not to notify authorities that Apopka’s Wilfred Gregory had removed his bracelet. Because of this, Gregory was able to shoot a man, and police were notified six hours later that heRead More

Orange County, FL: Temporary GPS Monitoring Plan For Bonded Suspects In Place

Although the GPS monitoring and house arrest programs in Orange County have been suspended, judges will still have a temporary option for those suspects who are released prior to trial but still need monitoring. The county will rely on GPS tracking ankle bracelets in order to monitor those suspects of certain violent crimes, such as aggravated battery, while out on bail 24 hours a day, according to Orange County Public Safety Director Linda Weinberg. Those committing certain violent crimes such as murder would not be eligible for the program. The county’s GPS tracking program was suspended on April 2, andRead More

Penalties for Tampering with GPS Tracking Devices

GPS tracking devices have been used for some time to monitor sex offenders after their release from prison. Due to recent legislation changes in California, there has been an increased incidence of parolees tampering with their GPS tracking devices. As a result, a law has been proposed that would classify disabling these units as a felony.   The Requirement Since 2006, sex offenders in California have been required to wear GPS tracking bracelets after their release from prison. This is due to a piece of legislation known as Jessica’s Law. A portion of these parolees attempt to break their paroleRead More

GPS Monitoring May Reduce Prison Crowding

Prison crowding is becoming a major problem in some areas, but GPS tracking may offer a solution. Releasing some inmates with GPS ankle bracelets could provide a way to supervise inmates while not taking up bed space in correctional facilities.   The Difficulty Prison overcrowding has posed difficulties in many parts of the country, but particularly in the state of California. There are a number of factors that have contributed to this problem. The first is a federal court decree issued more than twenty years ago that requires the sheriff to have a bed for every prison inmate. If noRead More