Paroled sex offenders disarming tracking devices
By Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times
February 23, 2013, 10:00 p.m.
SACRAMENTO — Thousands of paroled child molesters, rapists and other high-risk sex offenders in California are removing or disarming their court-ordered GPS tracking devices — and some have been charged with new crimes including sexual battery, kidnapping and attempted manslaughter.
The offenders have discovered that they can disable the monitors, often with little risk of serving time for it, a Times investigation has found. The jails are too full to hold them.
More than 3,400 arrest warrants for GPS tamperers have been issued since October 2011, when the state began referring parole violators to county jails instead of returning them to its packed prisons. …
The custody shift is part of Gov. Jerry Brown and the legislature’s “realignment” program, to comply with court orders to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. But many counties have been under their own court orders to ease crowding in their jails.
Some have freed parole violators within days, or even hours, of arrest rather than keep them in custody. Some have refused to accept them at all.
Gee! Releasing violent offenders led to more violent crimes? Who’d athunk it?! The criminals thus released should have been confined to the (probably) gated community(ies) in which the judge(s) who perpetrated this horribly predictable stupidity lived! The victims of these animals - or their survivors! - should be able to sue that (those) judge(s) into bankruptcy for forcing the release of these animals!