Tracking Sex Offenders

1 decade 1 year 2 months ago Thursday, April 12 2007 Apr 12, 2007 Thursday, April 12, 2007 11:48:28 AM CDT April 12, 2007 in News

Governor Blunt wants Missouri to use GPS technology to track convicted sex offenders. When Governor Blunt signed Jessica's Law into effect last June, he also pushed for more ways to track sexual offenders. One of the ways to track offenders is by using ankle bracelets and GPS technology. It will follow their moves, and alert the police when they enter restricted zones. For instance, if they are near schools, parks, or a victim's home, then the police will respond and bring in the offender. Governor Blunt says while it can certainly be argued this violates personal privacy, convicted felons should expect this to happen.

"You have to sacrifice some of your rights when you violate the law, and go into the corrections system and parole, there's a reasonable expectation that we can track these people," Blunt said.

Missouri is one of the first states in the country to use this technology. For right now, it is still in its beginning stages. It's only in affect in certain counties in Missouri. Cole county is one of them, but Boone and Callaway are not.

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