Australia has begun fitting sex offenders with GPS trackers. Delays caused by previous state governments over the past five years such as problems with software have now been either corrected or circumvented. The program was due to begin this past March, but was only recently started on the first of 18 registered sex offenders in WA community. The first offender (a pedophile) in question is a 61-year-old man who repeatedly raped and molested children to include his nephew, and children of friends and neighbors. The man served a 20 year sentence, and although still deemed dangerous, was released after completing what the judge considered an intensive program whereby the offender finally accepted his crimes.
His release was conditional on points to include the GPS tracking, a daily curfew, being “banned from being near a school or park, banned from contacting his victims, banned from having any contact with a child under 16, banned from drinking alcohol and must continue counselling and attend a Department of Community Protection community maintenance treatment program.” (The Herald Sun)
Trackers are a good idea, but could still be removed giving the pedophile just enough time to molest or rape another child. A child could also be lured into the pedo’s home where an electronic monitor would not indicate any problems.
Adopting this technology in the U.S could help prevent more sexual assault against children if those same monitors could be linked to an app on iPhones letting parents and children know where these registered sex offenders are located at all times. Perhaps it might be even better to have the tracker be as small as a microchip like the type used to identify lost pets. If the trackers are injected rather than strapped onto an ankle, it would be much more difficult for offenders to remove them.
But the problem is, even with these trackers, how can law enforcement truly prevent a pedophile from offending again if he/she is determined to do so? Further, can pedophilia be cured by jail time and therapy?
Sound off below. Do you think pedophiles should ever be released from prison? Do you trust in the tracking system?
M. Gwynn has authored two books, Harvest and The Cat Who Wanted to be a Reindeer on Amazon.com .
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