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September 17, 2009

Using GPS in California to track sex offenders at county fair

This local articlehighlights an interesting use of GPS technocorrections as a means to keep California sex offenders away from a notable public region:

Law enforcement officials will use global positioning system tracking technology to monitor sex offenders at the Tehama County Fair this year, the Tehama County Sheriff's Office announced this morning....

Parole agents will establish an exclusion zone around the perimeter of the fair grounds for the duration of the event.  The Redding GPS Parole Unit and Tehama County Sheriff's Office are teaming up to track and monitor the activities at the fair.

A sex offender parolee who enters the fair will set off an alert. Once a notification is received, on-site agents will track the offender's movement and investigate if any law, parole violation or any public safety issues exist and take appropriate action, said Tehama County Sheriff Clay Parker.

California is the nation's leader in using GPS technology to track sex offenders, Parker said.  Today, Tehama County has just under 280 registered sex offenders, 59 of whom are parolees on active supervision. Every sex offender on active parole has GPS monitoring as part of their supervision.

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"Once a notification is received, on-site agents will track the offender's movement and investigate if any law, parole violation or any public safety issues exist and take appropriate action, said Tehama County Sheriff Clay Parker."

Your title is misleading. They're not restricting the entire fair, just sensitive portions. What a waste of man power.

Posted by: . | Sep 17, 2009 8:58:04 AM

Hmmmm....for a state that's supposedly broke, they sure have money to waste on B.S.
Here's a great way to protect kids from Sex Offenders - PARENTS, WATCH YOUR OWN DAMN KIDS AND STOP MAKING US TAX PAYERS SO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Me | Sep 17, 2009 1:34:15 PM

Here's the comment I posted at TV station's website:
I find this amusing - many (most?) registered sex offenders are not outfitted with GPS units, the vast majority of sex crimes are committed by people NOT on the registries (and, again, not wearing GPS units) and the police are creating this elaborate system - diverting resources away from just having officers patrol the grounds looking for all sorts of problems (not just the struck-by-lightning rare sex offense.) And really guys, is the Tehama District Fair so chock-full of irresistible prey that hordes of rapacious sex offenders are going to descend on it like locusts on a grain field? Get real - you have some pretty (and pretty expensive) new toys and you want to play with them. Instead of the perpetual pushes to "get tough on crime" the people of your area would be better served if the police got smart on crime. Using the latest whiz-bang technology ineffectively isn't smart.

Posted by: Joe Power | Sep 17, 2009 2:44:17 PM

I've fixed the title of the post for accuracy after I noticed the same point noted by the first commentor.

Posted by: Doug B. | Sep 17, 2009 2:53:44 PM

I thought traveling carny was one of the few occupations left to convicted sex offenders. If this measure were effective (that is, if all convicted offenders actually wore GPS devices), I'd have to imagine this net would catch a significant part of the fair's midway staff. (Which wouldn't be a bad thing--if it worked.)

Posted by: Def. Atty. | Sep 17, 2009 3:16:30 PM

Def. Atty., nope.

Sex Offender Caught Working at O.C. Fair

The Orange County Fair, which hires about 1,300 temporary employees, started screening employees against the data base shortly after it was created, said Becky Bailey-Findley, the fair's chief operating officer.

Probably for liability.

Posted by: George | Sep 17, 2009 11:37:07 PM

Good catch.
(both George and OC Fair)

Note that it's the local fair (the community citizens) who instituted the screen and caught it. The failure of the carny operator to catch it is what I had in mind. Hopefully the old ways are changing.

BTW, following the link to the OC news story hung up my browser twice.

Posted by: Def. Atty. | Sep 18, 2009 11:51:54 AM

I do agree that this is a really interesting use of GPS. I hope this strategy really helps in keeping a track of the sex offenders.

Posted by: GPS | Oct 21, 2009 4:16:02 PM

This will definitely deter sex offenders and I thought GPS are for driving cars only...

Posted by: GPS for cars | Dec 12, 2009 1:56:37 AM

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