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By Nannette Miranda
SACRAMENTO - The jump in the number of high-risk sex offenders who are cutting off their GPS ankle trackers is actually bigger than previously thought.
The number has almost doubled since the prison realignment policy change in October 2011, which sends parolees to county jail instead of state prison for certain relatively minor violations.
In the 15 months prior to the policy change, 3,117 warrants were issued for sex offender fugitives; the 15 months following the policy change, nearly 5,000 warrants were issued - a 58 percent increase.
Previously, 30 percent of paroled sex offenders had cut off their monitors.
"If someone absconds, we go after them and 92% of the time, we catch them and we do so within 12 days on average."
But since realignment, being recaptured means only a few days at the local lockup, but if that facility is overcrowded, it could mean no jail time at all.
Critics said that's why more and more parolees are ditching their GPS: the consequences are weak.
"Clearly, they're not cutting them off to have a drink of a cup of coffee unmonitored," Sen. Ted Lieu said. "They're cutting them off because they want opportunities to commit new crimes."
- You will notice he doesn't bother to show facts about how many have cut off their GPS and committed another crime, related or not, it's just his personal opinion. We are sure this may be the case for some, but a vast majority do it so they can have somewhat of a normal life, get a job, home, etc.
Take the recent Stockton case of [name withheld], a high-risk paroled sex offender who was in and out of jail for months charged with drugs and repeatedly disabling his GPS tracker. [name withheld] wasn't a fugitive for the GPS issue, but he was supposed to be in jail for a different parole violation; however, due to overcrowding he was released early.
- So if it wasn't about cutting off his GPS and committing another crime, why bring it up?
"He received a 30-sentence and was released the next day," San Joaquin County Deputy District Attroney Sherri Adams said on Feb. 28.
A few days later, police arrested him for killing and raping his 76-year-old grandmother.
- Okay, so lock him up for life for killing someone just like you'd do with anybody else. But, this has nothing to do with cutting off GPS, it's about the prison realignment, and is relevant to this story, in our opinion.
Lieu has a proposal that puts parolees who cut off their electronic monitors back in state prison.
"What the studies show are that if you're a sex offender not on GPS monitoring, your rate of recidivism increases three times," Lieu said.
- Again, not true, just a personal opinion. The facts are that sex offenders have one of the lowest re-offense rates of all other criminals, but you don't hear him complaining about all the other criminals who commit further crimes, related or not.
The Senate Public Safety Committee is set to hear Lieu's bill in a couple of weeks. However, lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown have been reluctant to send more people to prison because of a court order to reduce the prison population.