Did you really have to do a study to determine this? Any half-dead human being could have told you this. Guess this is what happens when the government thinks we are all brain dead zombies who cannot comprehend anything. Of course they have a lower recidivism rate, that is obvious, but ex-sex offenders already have one of the lowest recidivism rates out there. This is just pure nonsense! How can you disprove this?
By Philip Bulman
An NIJ-sponsored research project examines the impact that GPS monitoring has on the recidivism rates of sex offenders in California.
A study of California high-risk sex offenders on parole found that those placed on GPS monitoring had significantly lower recidivism rates than those who received traditional supervision.
Researchers examined the effectiveness of using GPS to monitor high-risk sex offenders placed on parole in California. The NIJ-sponsored study included 516 high-risk parolees who had been released from prison between January 2006 and March 2009. Half of the parolees wore GPS monitoring devices in addition to receiving traditional parole supervision, which involves regular contact by parole agents and weekly sex-offender treatment classes ("GPS group"); the other half received only traditional parole supervision ("traditional group"). Researchers tracked each parolee for one year following his initial parole date.
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The study involved:
- An outcome evaluation to assess both the cost of the GPS program and its effectiveness in reducing the criminal behavior of high-risk sex offender parolees.
- A process evaluation to assess the program's design and implementation.
The researchers collected information from the state's data management system and examined official arrest records, parole supervision records, GPS monitoring data and state cost information. In addition, they conducted a survey of roughly 1,000 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) parole officers. The survey included questions about the GPS monitoring system, caseloads, program staffing and screening of high-risk sex offender parolees.