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Law professors – Lifetime GPS tracking unconstitutional February 9, 2007

Posted by Rich in : GPS tracking and public safety,GPS tracking law , trackback

Three University of Wisconsin – Madison law professors are taking issue with a state law that mandates lifetime GPS monitoring of sex offenders.

The measure violates privacy rights and amounts to punishment and warrantless surveillance when applied to offenders who aren’t on parole or government supervision, the professors said in a letter sent to Corrections Secretary Matthew Frank on Feb. 3.

Another issue is that while offenders would be banned from certain areas (near schools, etc.) and authorities alerted if they enter those zones, nothing in the law gives police the authority to stop them from entering them. Weird.

GPS monitoring is seen as a panacea when it comes to child molesters, but it is far from perfect. The bracelets can be removed, GPS jamming devices concocted and, unless these are very high quality devices, they may not transmit indoors. I think that many politicians are looking for an easy way to appear tough on sex offenders, but they may be lulling the public into a false sense of security.

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