Monday, July 20, 2009

Proposed GPS Monitoring of Domestic Violence Offenders

(GPS tracking device image courtesy Slate Magazine)

Violators of domestic violence protective orders are increasingly subjected to GPS monitoring in several States, as reported by the NY Times and by the Chronicle. Implementing such legislation in CA, as opposed to Illinois and Texas, is somewhat of a challenge. The Chron elaborates:

Without GPS, police have been lax to follow up on complaints that partners are ignoring protective orders, said Tara Shabazz, executive director of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.

However, Shabazz and her organization oppose California's proposed GPS legislation because it would require the state to order GPS tracking for an offender without providing details on how to implement it.


Zot said...

I wonder if anyone in authority will have the guts to admit that GPS monitoring of most released sex offenders (who have a markedly LOW recidivism rate) is a major impediment to implementing a monitoring program for domestic violence offenders (both economically and because DVOs will get lost in the sea of chipped people)?

You may say that this is not an either/or proposition and, if the state's economy wasn't in total freefall I might agree, but the budget crisis is going to force us to make cuts somewhere. Let's make them based on logic, not emotion.

Hadar Aviram said...

This is particularly important to keep in mind, since domestic violence, as a situation, tends to be recidivized. Good comment, Zot.