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Registry Matters Episode 25 – Why GPS monitoring should be 1 of the 7 deadly sins

[ – 5/22/18]
  1. Why GPS monitoring should be 1 of the 7 deadly sins
  2. A malfunction in the charging could land you in jail.
  3. No access to power? Could land you in jail.
  4. Poor cell signal? Could result in being detained while proof is obtained.
  5. You could spend a week or more in jail for an unspecified violation.
  6. Spending time in jail could lose you your job which can lead to loss of housing.
  7. The website cites a 16’ radius of accuracy in the best conditions.

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If one is convicted of 290a and is on parole with GPS, will the GPS be removed at discharge of Parole? We are getting conflicting information. Some say that sex offenders required to register have to wear a GPS for life if you are a registered sex offender and others say it will be removed if you are not a violent repeat offender at the end of parole. Which is it?

As far as I am aware in California none of the requirements for registration mention anything about wearing a GPS monitor. State parole, county probation, and federal supervised release may require some people to have an ankle monitor for a portion or the entirety of their supervision. If someone is on lifetime supervision the GPS requirement might be lifetime as well. Under pretrial supervision and home confinement GPS monitoring across the board is much more common.

There is no law that states that in San Joaquin county that you have to wear an ankle monitor though the HOPE program where I receive treatment states that in order to be a part of the program I have to wear one.

I don’t know what sort of charging interface the GPS ankle monitors require, but I wonder if a portable charger might at least reduce the need to be near an electrical outlet once or twice every day. Something like the Anker PowerCore 20100mAh charger or similar that you can get from Amazon or an electronics store for around $50 should be able to recharge the GPS device for several days at a stretch before needing to be recharged itself. That is, assuming that the GPS charger can be adapted to it.

I know that a $50 expense for a portable charging device is impractical for a lot of people, but if one could afford it, it could at least provide a little peace of mind.

The tech is available, I know because my company developed it. I actually use it on my own leg daily.

@james how do I get a charger?

If you live in CA and went to state prison, in the Title 15 it states that if you are a 290 they can make you wear the GPS monitor for life. I have met 290’s that are in lifetime parole and will have to wear them for life. CA, in its current state (with the budget) cannot manage making everyone wear one for life right now so unless you are some super different case they will take it off when you discharge parole. Having said that, the way the Title 15 reads we are at their mercy. Hope that helps. I’ve been wearing one for 5 years and if things go their way will have to wear it for another 4 years 11 months. Best of luck to everyone

San Bernardino County Probation requires all sex offenders to wear a gps monitor for the full term of your Probation, regardless of your conviction.

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x