GPS Working for Sex Offenders

In New Jersey, Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) devices have proven successful for tracking sex offenders after their release from prison, according to an article on nj.com. The use of GPS devices to track sex offenders has gained popularity in the past few years; New Jersey’s program has has been in place since October, 2005.Of the 124 offenders currently monitored by GPS devices, only one has been connected with a sex crime since release from prison. In states where GPS is not used, the average re-offending rate is 15%, reports show.

Only 19 of the 124 monitored offenders have been connected to crimes of any sort–including violations of the terms of the GPS monitoring–since the program was instituted. According to officials from the Parole Board, these results make the use of GPS devices a success story.


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