More than 3,000 arrest warrants have been issued for GPS tamperers since October of 2011. Almost all of the warrants are for convicted sex offenders who represent the majority of those with tracking monitors.
Orange County, CA (PRWEB) February 27, 2013
According to the Los Angeles Times, thousands of paroled California rapists, child molesters, and high-risk sex offenders are disabling and/or removing their GPS tracking devices. The devices are relatively easy to remove and sex offenders have found out that due to the overcrowding of jails, there is little risk of serving time for removing their court-ordered tracking equipment.
The Times explains that more than 3,000 arrest warrants have been issued for GPS tamperers since October of 2011. This coincides with the state’s referring California parole violators to local county jails rather than returning them to overcrowded prisons. Almost all of the warrants are for convicted sex offenders who represent the majority of those with tracking monitors.
Previously, when sex offenders breached their parole they remained in jail until their hearings that had the potential to send them to prison for a year. Now, the maximum penalty is 180 days and many of those sentenced do not serve that time.
GPS monitors were voted in by Californians in 2006 to be worn by high-risk sex offenders for life. They are programmed to track offenders’ movements and decrease the likelihood of committing crimes. Although they are easy to remove, an alarm is triggered when they are interfered with. If an offender enters “forbidden zones” (school zones, playgrounds, ect.), a monitoring company sends alerts to parole agents.
Ronald MacGregor, Orange County sex crime attorney, has worked with sex offenders and believes that although the current predicament is dire, law enforcement is on the right track. “Having worked with a large number of sex offenders I have come to believe that these people are suffering and need help. The crimes that they commit are unspeakable, but locking them up and throwing away the key is not going to address the problem. It is no secret that jails and prisons in California have reached their maximum capacity and something must be done to decrease the number of inmates.
“Responding to sex offenders with alternative sentencing programs may not be a popular idea, but some of these men rehabilitate and become productive members of society. That is what our system is supposed to do, rehabilitate criminals, not cram them into cells,” said attorney MacGregor.
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