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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

GNSS-aided tracking may have found its market – monitoring criminals

May 29th, 2012 by Susan Smith

Nobody really knows how effective GNSS-aided tracking is in the monitoring of criminals released early from prison, but there is a burgeoning market for this type of GPS tracking, according to a recent study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ). Although GNSS-aided tracking has been poo-poohed by rights activists as interfering with citizens’ civil rights, it is thought to be valuable to the whole of society to be able to track those such as high-risk sex offenders as well as parolees. In California alone, that number of parolees numbers over 100,000.

According to the study released early last week and authored by Stephen Gies and colleagues at Development Services Group, Inc., offenders in a group of California parolees monitored with the aid of GPS demonstrated significantly better outcomes than those who were monitored in traditional ways. Moreover, the technique gained strong support from the parole officers responsible for checking up on the parolees.

There is no evidence to suggest that these programs are effective in reducing recidivism or getting offenders to comply with the law.

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