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Probe of GPS monitoring of suspected serial killers sought

SACRAMENTO — The leader of the state Senate is seeking an investigation into how two sex offenders being monitored by parole agents and tracked by GPS devices were allegedly able to rape and kill four women without being detected. Full Article

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  1. Q

    Well; It’s looking like California is still neck in neck with Florida for the stupid state of the last century and this one too cup championship.

    “Senate leader Darrell Steinberg said through his spokesman that although there’s evidence the devices are effective in solving crimes, the question of whether they prevent crime is something “we need to revisit.”

    I’d really like to see this “evidence” of these devices doing ANYTHING beyond letting those doing the monitoring where the person wearing the device is; that’s when they are working.

    “Steinberg seeks “an honest discussion as to whether the investment in these expensive programs is achieving what we’re told they’ll do,” said his aide, Rhys Williams.”

    OK, I think I’m finished rolling on the floor cracking up; Is this guy REALLY that out of touch with reality? It appears he’s never noticed these monitoring companies sticking it where the sun don’t shine, just like most of the population of this fine state (said sarcastically). It’s really sad that people believe and have faith in all of the programs in this state, like lifetime registration, presence restrictions, Megans law and every other law named after some dead female white kid, that have proven to be abject failures.

    I wish they’d throw some of that $$$$ my way. I’d use it for something that actually delivers results; good results, that would put a smile on my face, like replacing the house that went south because of these useless and worthless ill conceived laws and practices. A new motorcycle (touring model) and a nice road trip would be nice too!!!

  2. td777

    I just heard on a news report that lawmakers are trying to decide whether GPS is enough…not a good sign for any of us, registrant or not.

    • Q

      Hi td777:

      No; this sounds bad to me too. People will take stupid to levels never before thought possible just to avoid having to admit the truth that their idea doesn’t work and costs too much $$$$ for negligible results. They’ll just throw away more $$$$ and talk and act like it’s a good thing.

  3. mike

    I think it’s time for our legislators to adjust their portfolios and dump their stock in these primitive contraptions with 1G technology. I’m scared to think of the long term contract we might be attached to with them. My Ex-P.O. told me replacement cost for the ankle bracelet to the state parole office was $1500 and $300 for the charger. (more than Google Glasses). For that price you would expect at least 3G with two-way video conferencing capability or 4G where the devices would share information within a certain proximity and have WIFI compatibility. It’s not the devices fault, just the expectations placed on them.

    When I had one the monitoring center had to check on me daily at random times during the day/night. I was invisible to them while I was inside my home. They would call me at all hours of the night. If, BIG IF, I answered the phone they would request that I step outside for ten minutes in clear view of the sky, regardless of rain or freezing temps at three in the morning. “Homey don’t play that!”. I’d roll over and go back to sleep. A more modern unit would be tethered to a cell phone or in-home WIFI eliminating some of that aggravation. Either way these devices will not stop a person determined to commit a crime.

    I could design the “Next-Gen” GPS monitoring device and you’d better bet it would have a built in MP3 player with a Terabyte of storage!

  4. Margaret Moon

    I hope somebody questions Nathan Fletcher, he sponsored and pushed through Chelsea’s Law, who has a strong connection to Qualcomm, the company who manufactures the chips for those very expensive, very ineffective, GPS devices. Here is a link to an article that claims Mr. Fletcher pulls down $400,000 a year from Qualcomm, and I’m pretty sure he isn’t an electronics expert!

    http://sandiegofreepress.org/2013/10/the-mystery-of-why-qualcomm-adopted-nathan-fletcher/#.U1KyxfLn9Ms

  5. mike

    The problem Mike is the government if fooling the people into believing they are very smart and make no mistakes (LOL) if any person wanted to commit a crime that person could do it no matter what, as a matter of fact there have been people in jails and prisons that either have somebody killed or keep there drug business going or what ever they have going, just like locks and security doors don’t stop someone just grab a rock and through the window it goes if they wanted in bad enough, so any crime or good starts in the mind, sex is in the mind but they punish the body and everyone around you or get you killed, “Father please forgive them for they know not what they do”, amen and that meaning law makers

    • Q

      Historically law enforcement has never prevented any crime; they are definitely a after the fact organization.

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