California will monitor 20 paroled gang members in San Bernardino with satellite tracking anklets typically used for high-risk sex offenders, the Los Angeles Times reports. The program, the state’s first to focus on gang members, is part of a $5.1-million effort to track 500 parolees using the global positioning system, or GPS, devices. The larger program will monitor mostly people convicted of sex crimes.
With the anklets, officials can view parolees’ whereabouts 24 hours a day, alerted if the wearer tampers with the device or enters an “exclusion zone,” such as a victim’s neighborhood. Authorities can also check whether parolees have, for example, attended mandatory drug counseling or obeyed requirements of their house arrest. San Bernardino’s program targets parolees who meet criteria such as being a prison gang member or part of a gang injunction. University of California at Irvine researchers will observe the program for a year to determine its effectiveness.