Warning: Child Predators Are Disabling GPS Tracking Systems

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Thousands of child molestors and rapists on parole are disabling their GPS trackers because they no longer fear jail time according to recent figures.


You may want to keep an extra short leash on your children because child predators are no longer fearing lengthy jail sentences, according to new data. The issue is especially growing in states like California, where prisons are overcrowding and laws for parolees are relaxed. Once it was decided that parole violators should be put in county jail and not state prisons, there have been 3,400 arrest warrants –mostly for known/repeat child predators — in California in the past 18 months.

According to the current wanted list posted online by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, there are dozens of child predators who have violated the conditions of their parole by tampering with GPS monitors. Alarms go off when the device is snapped, smashed, or when child predators get too close to a school or playground. In Fresno County, 42 child predators broke parole in the last 18 months.

Overcrowding in prison jails across the nation reached its highest for eight years in 2012. California is in the worst shape, with 140,000 inmates. Its 33 adult prisons are designed to only hold a maximum of 80,000 inmates. Across the board, there are currently more than 2M Americans incarcerated. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, African-American men account for 37.1 percent of the federal prison population and drug offenses lead the cause of imprisonment at 47.4 percent. Overall, the Bureau of Prisons Network is around 39 per cent over ‘rated capacity’ – their highest level since 2004 – with that figure expected to soar to 45 per cent above its limit by 2018.

Before the changes to the system, parolees in California who re-offended used to be sent to a state prison where they could be held up to a year, but now many of them are freed within days or hours of the arrest. The Supreme Court declared California prison overcrowding unconstitutional in 2011 and immediately put 30,000 convicted criminals up for transfer or release. California Sεx Offender Management Board member, Jack Wallace, told the LA Times that with little to stop them, ‘parolees certainly are feeling more bold‘.

Proposals have been put forward by lawmakers that would require parolees who damage their GPS bracelets to go back to jail for three years; however critics, point to the fact that there are simply no cells in the prison system to hold these offenders.
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Maria Lloyd (@WritingsByMaria) is the Business Manager for the Your Black World Network and Dr. Boyce Watkins. She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and an advocate of dismantling the prison industrial complex, increasing entrepreneurship, reforming education, and eradicating poverty.