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December 6, 2007

NJ report suggests efficacy of sex offender GPS tracking

Here another boost for technocorrections: a report asserting that "initial data suggests the State Parole Board's GPS monitoring has contributed to a significantly lower recidivism rate than nationwide data indicates for high-risk sex offenders."  This line comes from this new document, a "Report on New Jersey’s GPS Monitoring of Sex Offenders" coming from the state's Parole Board. 

This local media account of the report provides more basics.  Here is a snippet from the account:

Only one out of the state's 225 worst sex offenders, all being monitored by a new satellite-tracking system, was implicated in a new sex crime over a two-year period, the State Parole Board said Wednesday.... "New Jersey is on the leading edge of this GPS monitoring," said Parole Board Chairman Peter Barnes Jr., a former Democratic state assemblyman from Middlesex County and a career FBI agent.

The Parole Board said in a written statement that its load of more than 4,300 sex offenders is one of the largest in the nation, comprising almost a third of all cases handled by parole officers. The one offender arrested out of the 225 being monitored was apprehended at the scene of a rape in April 2006. That case is pending. Nineteen other offenders committed technical offenses, such as not properly wearing the GPS device, in the two-year window.

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It's no news that sex offenders have the lowest recidivism rate than other criminal offenders.

Posted by: EJ | Dec 6, 2007 9:59:42 AM

The Parole Board Report relies on the "Under Surveillance: An Empirical Test of the Effectiveness and Consequences of Electronic Monitoring" study. However, for a discussion of that study see Controlling Sex Offender Reentry: Jessica’s Law Measures in California (pdf at law.stanford.com).

"The effect is not as great for sex offenders as it is for other offenders because they are already less likely to be revoked than any other kind of offender..."

But it is easier to initiate with sex offenders. It's inevitable it will spread to every offender and if not for the partnership with big business and legislatures through the American Legislative Exchange Council it might be a good thing. Less victims also means less people in prison. Best for all.

But there is a word for that partnership: fascism.

Posted by: George | Dec 6, 2007 1:00:10 PM

The revocation rate reported is far lower than in the intensive sex offender probation supervision program in Colorado.

The Colorado program had 214 participants, of whom 11 committed new felonies, 7 new misdemeanors, and 103 technical violations, in addition to 23 participants who absconded, in fiscal 2007. Yet, in theory, probation offedners ought to be less prone to reoffend than those who are on parole.

Solid GPS evidence to convict those who reoffend is also a benefit.

Posted by: ohwilleke | Dec 6, 2007 5:39:02 PM

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