Fifty New Jersey parole board officers are using using GPS technology to keep tabs on about 230 of the state’s worst sex offenders — those considered most likely to repeat their crimes, reports the Newark Star-Ledger. The paper profiles the use of GPS tracking on Sean Laramore, who pleaded guilty to molesting three boys, all family friends. He has been monitored with GPS for almost three years.
The state combines the high-tech device with traditional personal visits. On a recent day, officer Janet Stendardo paid a regular visite to Laramore’s Trenton home, on a street lined with vacant and disheveled houses. Stendardo’s routine that morning showed how the state’s satellite monitoring program combines the low-tech — face-to-face home visits by parole officers — with the high-tech — computer programs that time stamp parolees’ movements 24 hours a day