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Mother’s lawsuit: Flawed GPS, overworked parole officers led to her daughter’s death in O.C. serial killings

Faulty GPS tracking devices and overworked state parole officers led to the death of a young mother whose mangled body was found at an Anaheim trash recycling center, according to a lawsuit filed by the victim’s mother. Full Article

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  1. Q

    I find this statement interesting,

    “Except for the (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s) failure to monitor and report such violations, Ms. Estepp would be alive today,” said the suit, filed last week.

    especially since I don’t see how GPS monitoring can prevent anything. It gives a false sense of security, while placing the public in danger; just like the registry. When I was forced to wear my “electro leash” (GPS device) I could have left anytime I chose and did whatever I felt like. I may or may not have had consequences to deal with, but the fact of the matter is that GPS monitoring only works if the person being forced to pay for and wear the device chooses to adhere to the conditions. In short; I don’t believe anybody could have done anything to keep those girls alive except for the girls themselves. And that would require them to not participate in the lifestyle that drew them to that area known as a place where prostitutes congregate.

    Sure; the state totally failed on this one, but even with the strictest monitoring these two still could have carried out the crimes they were ultimately arrested for. I also think that what Cano and Gordon did proves the state’s evaluation system doesn’t work either.

    I believe it’s way past time for the state and all the people who believe anything people like the Runners say to get honest and admit the truth, and the truth is that none of laws, statutes, ordinances and act’s, like the AWA don’t work. I’m not too sure much will change until these kinds of people (registry proponents and anyone else that believes all this garbage works) become willing to admit the truth.

  2. Dr

    Ah, ah, sorry I got nothing

  3. PR

    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the mother and the family of the victim. But it is a fact that a faulty gps monitoring system and over worked parole agents are not the reason this young woman lost her life. Unfortunately pointing fingers and blaming and trying to find reasons is something the media and our society does well.

  4. Janice Bellucci

    The tragic death of this young mother is yet another example why GPS monitors are a bad idea. It also highlights the fact that parole officers are overworked because they are required to follow many registered citizens who no longer pose a danger to society. A tiered registry would help to solve this problem.

    • Timmr

      Exactly, Janice. This SAFE group sent a parole agent out to talk to me while I water my plants and kept getting me confused with someone else he was monitoring that day. I wonder how many crimes are shoddily investigated, because these officers are expected to go through these motions for people long off parole or probation. I’ve lived in the same place and have gone offense free for ten years after my one offense. I just can’t figure out why they keep sending people out here to see how many cars or dogs I have or ask me if my family knows of my offense, like someone who just committed a crime the other day. I can really see how these murders can happen due to misplaced policing. Actually, I can sense with a few officers that they too think they are wasting their time. They are deferential and even apologetic and seem eager to leave.

      • Q

        ” I just can’t figure out why they keep sending people out here to see how many cars or dogs I have or ask me if my family knows of my offense, like someone who just committed a crime the other day.”

        Because that’s about all they can do. It’s the closest thing to stopping sex crimes they are capable of with the current mind set. The whole sex offender thing doesn’t work; but they have to do something for all that federal funding.

  5. Eric Knight

    This is one of those pig-in-a-pokes that can go either way. For instance, the defense (cops) can argue that the case would never have even been solved without GPS monitorisng, and that alone would “justify” the need for GPS. From what I understand, the murderers were not in a zone that was illegal for them to be in.

    But…I see a bigger potential problem. Because GPS can only determine proximity, the NEXT chilling step is to require registrants to wear body cameras, just like cops. This development is not as unthinkable as it may appear, as this technology is being used for pets and even small children. Hopefully this will get shot down in court before it happens.

  6. USA

    I think Janice hit it on the nail! I reside in OC and I was having plain clothes Detectives check on my residency twice a year? (Battery 20 years ago/expunged/summary probation/clean record)? California, it’s time to wake up! We need a tiered system where people fall off the registry after 10-15 years. Since this occurred, I haven’t seen them!

  7. mike r

    The registry and all the attached consequences thereof are probably what triggered these two to do what they did. They most likely thought screw this prison is better then sleeping in a van or on the street and being constantly subjected to harrasment by authorities and the public and knowing that it will nevet change that they would be subjected to this bs forever probably pushed them over the edge and to commit these crimes. Nothing to lose attitude man its inevitable that some people are going to snap and retaliate. Just a theory or maybe the were just lunatics to began with. What I’ve heard is these guys were not murderers before this so its a good possibility that these laws pushed them over the edge. Kick a dog into a corner enough he is going to attack soon or later.

  8. Nicholas Maietta

    I hate to say this, but i don’t think they have a case.

  9. mike t

    Heck… as long as she’s sue happy, she may as well throw in a lawsuit against George and Sharon Runner for creating the Jessica’s law fiasco to begin with. The Runners were the ones promising a safer society by requiring GPS and homelessness for registrants. Take them to the bank for a few million. AND Tony Rackauckas too, for some reason or other.

  10. mike r

    Ya I think those of US that were forced to comply with residency restrictions while we were on parole should be able to sue CDC for emotional distress and punitive damages for subjecting US to a unconstitutional condition of parole. It was hell having to live in tents and the only homeless shelter that was compliant. It caused me great emotional distress and it made it extremely difficult to complete parole without any violations.

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