Parolees disabling GPS monitors

Many parolees wear GPS ankle monitors. And some tamper with those monitors.

Since realignment, when the cash-strapped state stuck counties with responsibility for parolees, the rate of parolees who disable GPS monitors had roughly doubled, HealthyCal reports.

While this information is good to know, and a lawmaker has proposed a bill to address the problem, a deeper concern is our limited understanding realignment itself. Information such as this chink in its armor comes piecemeal. We don’t have a full picture. The state, having transferred parolees to counties, is shirking its duty to do a comprehensive analysis of the impact.

That analysis needs to be done locally. Parolees who disable GPS monitors are up to no good. What else don’t we know? 



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