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Old 03-17-06, 11:21 AM
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California gang members to be tracked by GPS

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California prison officials have begun using Global Positioning System anklets to track known gang members.

The gritty suburb of San Bernardino, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, this week became the first California city to use the GPS satellite navigation system to track gang members when the devices were strapped onto three parolees, state Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jeanne Woodford said.

Six California counties began using GPS to monitor sex offenders in 2005 and some have already been arrested for violating parole after they were tracked to off-limits areas.

"GPS tracking is just another tool in the bag; we will still use ground personnel to track gang members," said Sarah Ludeman, another spokeswoman for the corrections department.

Under an arrangement between prison officials and San Bernardino, high-risk parolees known to belong to street gangs will be released from custody on the condition that they wear a GPS bracelet on their ankles at all times.

They appear as moving dots on a map and if they try to remove the anklet or enter unauthorized areas the device sends an alert to a base station monitored by law enforcement officials.

The University of California at Irvine will review the results of the pilot program for its effectiveness.


This is a good start!

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Old 03-17-06, 11:39 AM
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As long as they have been convicted of a crime (and it looks like that's all this is for), this is sweet.
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Old 03-17-06, 02:52 PM
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I'm against parole for violent criminals.

They should be in jail, where they won't have to wear these tracking systems.
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No ACLU yet huh?
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Originally Posted by Myster X
No ACLU yet huh?
Sadly, we're at least 3 years away from being able to put tracking devices on the ACLU.
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Originally Posted by Thor Simpson
Sadly, we're at least 3 years away from being able to put tracking devices on the ACLU.
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Old 03-17-06, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Myster X
No ACLU yet huh?
Originally Posted by Thor Simpson
Sadly, we're at least 3 years away from being able to put tracking devices on the ACLU.
The ACLU doesn't need one, their best minds are currently working feverishly on figuring out how despite our overcrowded jails, crime is at the lowest level in decades.
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Old 03-20-06, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Thor Simpson
As long as they have been convicted of a crime (and it looks like that's all this is for), this is sweet.


No moral outrage about tracking people on parole here. I mean, they're on fricking parole. They're lucky to be out and about at all.
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