MO Judges Turning to GPS to Keep Track of Suspects


When county circuit court Judge Terry Cundiff wanted to make sure that a suspect awaiting trial for hitting his girlfriend with a pistol stayed away from the woman, Cundiff ordered the suspect to wear a global positioning unit, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The device uses mapping software to designate zones where an offender can’t go. If the offender goes into a banned area, an alert goes out immediately, and the offender is called to find out what he or she is doing. “If you’ve got a he-said, she-said situation, you know who’s telling the truth; if you think that’s she’s being stalked, you know,” said Cundiff, one of a number of Missouri judges who are turning to the device to keep track of suspects whose movements are supposed to be restricted.


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