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January 20, 2009

Washington legislature considering chip implants for sex offenders

Among lots of good new posts at Sex Crimes is a link to this local story reporting on legislative consideration of going one technocorrections step beyond GPS tracking of sex offenders.  The piece is headlined "Lawmakers consider implanted chips for tracking sex offenders," and here is how it starts:

Lawmakers are considering a controversial bill that would outfit sex offenders with a surgically-implanted device that tracks their movement.

The devices would replace the ankle bracelets that are currently used to track offenders. The bracelets have been criticized as a lacking device as offenders have successfully removed them in the past before disappearing off of the radar.

"(The devices would) be a little more difficult to take off," said Rep. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds.

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The chip implant shown in the photo is a passive device (no battery or other power source) that can be detected and readout at short range by a scanner. A EM device worn by the subject is a battery powered transmitter.

I think the medical profession would consider it to be unethical to implant a transmitter in a human and I doubt very much that such devices would be approved by the regulatory agencies.

Posted by: John Neff | Jan 21, 2009 1:18:46 PM

I'm sure it's possible and I don't think it's a bad idea. It's also a possible beta test for all of us in the future. But the Supreme Court needs to have a look to be sure about violating anyone's constitutional rights.

Also does that protect the general public? Aren't we the ones footing the bill?


Posted by: Lisa | Mar 20, 2009 12:51:13 AM

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