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California Senate passes bill giving longer sentences to sex offenders who remove GPS tracker

Violent sex offenders who disable their GPS tracking devices would receive longer prison sentences under a bill prompted by Orange County serial killings and approved unanimously Tuesday by the state Senate. The bill by state Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, cleared the Senate floor and is headed to the Assembly. Full Article


Senator Patricia Bates Press Release

SB 722

After sex offenders accused of killing 4 women, state bill would crack down on those who tamper with GPS monitors [UPDATED]

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Wow!!! The ACLU finally stepped up with a voice of reason!!! “even a pebble tossed into the ocean will change the ocean forever” Here’s to hoping for more sensible decisions ahead.

These people are idiots. Those guys were wearing their gps when they committed the offense. It’s these damn laws that sent them over the edge and had to of help push them into committing these crimes. People with a nothing to lose attitude are going to do much more servere crimes if they know they have no way out and are going to be tortured and labeled for the rest of their lifes. One guy went from kidnapping his own wife and kid to the murder and rape of these other women. That just shows that his mentality comprised even… Read more »

The kneejerk reaction is due to the thought that if these two had longer sentences for the two times they cut their GPS off and ran, the murders would not have happened. Having known these two while I was on parole, I don’t think that would be the case, I think it would have just been different victims at a later date.

Here we go again; The retarded mentality goes something like this – two people commit a crime and now everybody from here on out will have to pay. Just look at any law named after any kid that got murdered by one person; millions are paying (families included) for these crimes committed by a single individual and the public is too stupid to see that the bills the self promoting politicians push into law at warp speed don’t do anything to address any problem. And guess what; the public is still vulnerable. Doesn’t anybody see that Sen. Patricia Bates doesn’t… Read more »

That these laws may have contributed to the murders is not a bad theory. When someone in an environment that doesn’t foster hope, depression sets in and that has a measurable chemical effect on the brain, reducing the brain’s activity in the regions that assess future consequences and empathy. Of course, these type of theories are immediately labeled soft on crime and dangerous, and are never taken seriously, even though it might be the truth.

“That these laws may have contributed to the murders is not a bad theory.”

I think it’s more than theory; but try to get anyone in authority to see that! Heaven forbid they should ever have to admit they were wrong.

Because the sentence you get now isn’t a deterrent, but making it longer will definitely deter people.


Why not equal application of the law? Oh that’s right, they only targeted sex offenders. Remember, under CDCR many Gang Members now wear the same GPS units…

I wore GPS for 3 yrs while on probation. It is burdensome and forgetting to re-charge it is additional jail time.

I reminded my PO to constantly monitor my GPS, since the DA wanted me to wear the damn thing! (I know she rarely monitored)

While on parole and wearing a GPS monitor, it is my understanding that they have active and passive monitoring. Maybe you in the 3 year period you were made to wear the monitor you were moved to passive monitoring. Frankly it is such a waste of money…………..And enforcing a tougher penalty is just more money spent. It is just so pointless.

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