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Study: Sex-offender GPS no panacea against crime

The California law mandating GPS monitoring of sex offenders can provide a false sense of security for the public, according to a report released Wednesday.

While it can help law enforcement authorities find suspects after a crime has occurred, it has only limited benefits in preventing crime in the first place, the report says.

The report from the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Inspector General was requested after two Orange County sex offenders who were required to wear GPS devices were arrested last spring in the rapes and killings of four women. Both had their whereabouts constantly tracked by satellite. Full Article

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  1. Q

    after a crime has occurred?

    after two Orange County sex offenders who were required to wear GPS devices were arrested last spring in the rapes and killings of four women?

    only limited benefits in preventing crime in the first place?

    Hmm….. I thought all of this over the top kind of stuff was supposedly to prevent crimes. I’m sure anyone who takes the time to follow the news will be aware that all these laws; including the registry, don’t prevent anything, let alone help anyone.

  2. JIm

    how much of the public knows of this now. If voters passed the law, lawmakers should fix it so they can vote to remove it and stop wasting so much of their hard earned money to pay for something that gave false security in the first place.

  3. Eric Knight

    The detailed 80+-page report from the California Office of Inspector General, which is titled “Special Review: Assessment of Electronic Monitoring of Sex Offenders on Parole and the Impact of Residency Restrictions,” is available at this link:

    http://www.oig.ca.gov/media/reports/Reports/Reviews/OIG_Special_Review_Electronic_Monitoring_of_Sex_Offenders_on_Parole_and_Impact_of_Residency_Restrictions_November_2014.pdf

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