The ABA Journal notes that Washington state plans to require all newly released sex offenders who are considered potentially violent to wear tracking bracelets, for at least the first 30 days. The Seattle Times has more:
The state of Washington plans to monitor electronically all newly released sex offenders considered potentially violent, for at least the first 30 days.
The Global Positioning System tracking bracelets that the "Level 3" convicted sex offenders will wear on their ankles allow state Department of Corrections employees to keep an eye on their whereabouts via electronic satellite transmissions, according to the Seattle Times.
"Annmarie Aylaward, who oversees the GPS monitoring program for DOC, said they have found that the first 30 days within an offender's release is when they most likely to violate conditions of their supervision," the newspaper writes.
The tracking program will be following about 200 newly released inmates at any one time, according to the Times. If they are homeless, unemployed or don't follow rules set by their community corrections officers, the GPS monitoring may continue for longer than 30 days.
I wonder what diagnostic tools and procedures the state will use to assess who is "potentially violent."