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How GPS monitoring fails in critical public-safety ways

Experts say law-enforcement agencies have a poor track record of sharing GPS data for proactive purposes. They work well in investigating crimes; less so in detecting them.

New details in the high-profile case of two accused Orange County serial killers have revived concerns that federal supervision of California sex offenders is deeply flawed. Full Article

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  1. Q

    It’s utterly amazing how all parties involved and I’m sure the public too, speak as though GPS monitoring is some kind of viable means to prevent “sex crimes.” This is just another dimension of stupidity. The truth of the effectiveness of GPS monitoring is laying flat on their backs; dead, yet these people seem incapable of connecting the dots.

    The chief judge who was responsible for federal probation oversight speaks in maybe’s with statement’s like. – “Had Mr. Garrido’s federal supervision been conducted properly from the onset, it is POSSIBLE that he MAY HAVE been deterred from some of the acts now attributed to him,” – This statement is vague and ambiguous at best and shows how faith in GPS monitoring isn’t much different than rolling the dice. This verbal exchange by Gordon and judge Selna proves the point;

    Gordon – “Two days I’ve been without the monitor, and I showed up in your courtroom to show you guys that I am here to do what I am supposed to do,” Gordon said. “Two days that I could have went and done anything. But I am here.”

    Judge Selna – “Well, sir, I need to give high priority to the protection of the public,”

    Judge Selna ordered Gordon to wear a GPS device anyway and a few hours later it’s believed Gordon, and probably his partner murdered Martha Anaya because she disappeared.

    These people can force someone to wear 100 devices and not one of them will do anything to prevent the wearer associating with felons or committing whatever crime they happen to think is a good idea.
    The only thing these devices can do, aside from wasting allot of money and giving a false sense of security is locate someone provided they have a stable residence with a land line; if they are homeless they have to have a cell phone, provided they can afford one. These two instances will only work provided the subject doesn’t cut the device off. I can only conclude these devices are a waste of time and money and do nothing to deter or prevent any kind of crime. The proof is laying on their back’s; dead.

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    : the state of being foolish or unintelligent : the condition of being stupid

    : a stupid idea or action

  2. hannah grace

    My experience with the GPS system is it is just another way to fill the penal system coffers. After paying for the device, I would get phone calls from the monitoring agency asking if I knew where he was and what is he doing? For some reason they couldn’t figure out what the blips on their screens meant. After acknowledging his presence on my property, I simply stated – He’s mowing the lawn. Maybe if the law enforcement agencies weren’t so quick to “assume” the intentions of the accused and spent more time investigating “real” crimes, they wouldn’t have such an overload of GPS monitoring. Oh, wait – that would put their jobs in jeopardy and then the coffers of the penal systems would become depleted. It’s all about the money.

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