Affectionately titled “The Governator,” California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced a significant accomplishment. It begs the question, how many other states can say the same.
From a press release, via the Governor’s press office:
Today Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the following statement on the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) having finished placing a GPS device on every sex offender on state parole. These sex offenders, which total 6,622 parolees, have all been fitted with an ankle bracelet that transmits its location to parole agents who monitor them. Agents also visit these individuals on a routine basis. CDCR had originally projected to have every sex offender parolee under GPS monitoring by June 2009 but was able to complete the task six months ahead of time.
“Having a GPS device on every sex offender parolee in California is an important public safety tool that will hold these individuals accountable for their actions and whereabouts,” Governor Schwarzenegger said. “Protecting our children and families from sexual predators is a priority, and with a GPS device on every sex offender on parole and parole agents monitoring these offenders aggressively, we will make our communities safer.”
Jessica’s Law, also known as Proposition 83, which was passed overwhelmingly by California voters in 2006, required that every paroled sex offender be monitored by GPS. More than a year before Jessica’s Law passed, CDCR began using GPS to monitor sex offenders and has more GPS units in the field than any other state or law enforcement agency in the country.
Well done, Arnold. Well done.