Monday, May 18, 2009

State Bill Would Require GPS for Sex Offenders

Two Pennsylvania senators are re-introducing a bill that would take Megan’s Law registry to a new level. Senator Jane Orie says the legislation would keep better tabs on sex offenders who refuse to register on the Megan’s Law web site. If passed, offenders who have not registered with Megan’s Law and those with more than one sexual offense would be required to wear GPS bracelets. According to a study done by the New Jersey State Parole Board, criminals who wear the devices have lower recidivism rates. Orie says the legislation may eventually evolve into a requirement for all sexual offenders, since it is likely that someone caught once has done it many more times. The bill would also punish criminals who tamper or try to tamper with or remove the bracelets.

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