July 22, 2008
Another prominent call for sex offender GPS tracking
As detailed in this local article, a state official in Pennslyvania is making a prominent call for GPS tracking of sex offenders:
State Auditor General Jack Wagner, state Sen. Jane Orie and other officials are urging the Legislature to require convicted sex offenders to wear ankle bracelets containing "global positioning system" technology for five years after being released from jail.
Mr. Wagner, a former state senator from Beechview, released a report today saying that in June, the state had "lost track of 923, or nearly 10 percent, of the state's approximately 9,800 registered sex offenders."
Some related posts on GPS tracking:
- The inevitability of GPS tracking and cost-saving technocorrections
- Are microchip implants for offenders inevitable?
- UK getting serious about GPS through microchip implants
- A sober (and caffeinated) look at GPS tracking realities
- Are we willing to pay the costs of (effective?) technocorrections like GPS tracking?
- The devil's in the details of GPS tracking of sex offenders
- New article examining incapacitation innovations
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has anyone asked WHY they lost these people. Could be that the human being is not one to continue to enjoy the benefits of expost facto legislation mandating harsher and harsher laws aimed at the continued erosion of any rights they have left. The real problem here, that noone wants to 'fess' up to is their little system is broken and needs to be revisited; however noone wants to do this as john Walsh and his minions would quickly come in and shame anyone that wanted to pursue justice once and then let them get on with their lives. Sex Offenders have the 2nd lowest rate of re-offense of ALL felony criminals, the lowest being murderers (but hey that might be an artificial number as a lot of them are dead).
The continued passing of these post-sentencing laws only goes to further oppress people that are safer if you allow them treatment and a chance to become stable in the environment. Continued punishment after their original sentence only goes to further punish not only the offender but the families of these people. The families did nothing wrong.
Posted by: Steve | Jul 24, 2008 9:51:46 AM
Sex offenders tend to be lumped together in most public discussions but that is also true for offender data.
If sex offenders are classified by level of threat to public safety (low, medium, high) and probability of re-offending (low, medium and high) there would be nine possible sets of sex offenders instead of one.
My impression is that there would be fewer than nine sets and the most frequent class of sex offender would be the low threat and low chance of re-offending set but public policy is determined because the public thinks the high threat repeat offenders are the most common.
In my judicial district we spent several million dollars on GPS tracking of all sex offenders and 90% of it was wasted. Public safety was reduced because it took resources away from programs that were proven to protect the public in order to check out false GPS reports (about ten to twenty per day). If we could get some of the legislators to spend several days checking out false reports they might be convinced this is folly.
Posted by: John Neff | Jul 25, 2008 9:17:09 AM
The law makers and the most watched news media are giving the public a false sense of hope, by restricting SO more and more with new laws. The sex offender registry was put into place so the public new where they were. Stupid in my opinion. If a pediphile or a violent rapist wants to committ a sexual crime they are going to do it and nothing short of being confined in jail is going to stop them from harming a child or whomever their victim of preference might be.Parents need to know where there children are and who they are with at all times.
I would venture to say that the majority of sex offenders are not violent nor are they likely to reoffend. I learned this when my immature and stupid son had sex with a fourteen year old. Long story that I will not get into now, but he will be punished for the REST of his life and likely rejailed because he was an immature 21 year old with a fast 14 year old. Still his fault. I taught him the opposite of what society teaches our children, sex is an intimate act between two people who are committed to each other. If he had listened to me he would have known the girls age and he wouldn't be where he is today. He was immature in school and he didn't just suddenly become wise and mature when he turned 18. We need to reevaluate these laws there are too many young boys, most uneducated and immature that come from low income homes in jail today. It is ridiculous...Check Campbell County, Ky's prosecutors record. The jails could serve a better purporse for more serious violent crimes. I would like to know if I have drunk drivers living near me or thiefs and violent offenders. More harm could come to one of my daughters by a drunk driver or violent criminals behavior than by one of these young boys in jail for having consensual sex with a 14 year old. 14 year olds are not what they use to be they are more mature they hang with the big boys, for Petes sakes they go to highschool with 18 and 19 year olds. HELLO our young boys and girls are not thinking about age, just what they are attracted too. I would rather live next door to someone labeled a so because of a similar crime to my sons than next door to someone who has exposed themselves for the thrill of it. He is the pervert and he is the one we need to worry about. Society okays sex, drugs, promiscuous behavior and violence through tv,music, the clothing being sold in stores etc....And at the same time they are disgusted by the behavior of sex between a 21 year old and a 14 year old. MY Grandmother was married at 13 to a man in his twenteys and they were together for 5o years and had three children! How about the parents that allow their children to go out with these "older boys". I know of many who do, why arent they being prosecuted and sent to jail and being ordered to register for allowing someone to sexually abuse their daughter? I wish I knew where to begin or what to do. The laws need to change. If someone rapes a baby I don't care if they are blood related or not or does something to a child they need to be locked up for the rest of their lives! Then we will not have to worry about sex registries. I think that it is only fair for these young men to be given a warning or something for the act of sleeping with their girlfriends before they are prosecuted for rape and sodomy and placed on probation after serving a little time only to be violated again and sent to jail for 5 years where they ARE being beaten and raped and exploited. How can we do this and call it rape if the victim does not require any counseling or follow up care and has not suffered from the act of consensual sex. I do not understand and I want to change it.
Posted by: Sandra | Sep 7, 2008 12:24:22 PM