NJ Officials Tout Satellite Tracking Of Sex Offenders


New Jersey parole officers caught a convicted sex offender in bed with a young girl after being directed to the home by a satellite-based system, reports the Newark Star-Ledger. The man had finished an eight-year prison sentence in 2003 for sexually assaulting a young girl. He is classified as a third-tier sex offender, among those considered most likely to reoffend. He is one of 30 convicted sex offenders the parole board has outfitted with GPS ankle bracelets since October to track their movements in real time as part of a two-year pilot program. The board expects to place tracking devices on 250 of the state’s most dangerous sexual predators.

Lawmakers established the $3 million, two-year pilot program last year. A spokesman said the board decided to start the program slowly because of funding and personnel issues, but anticipated all 250 sex offenders would be outfitted with bracelets well before July 2007.

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