Thousands of high-risk parolees are removing GPS monitors, often with little risk of serving time, because jails are too full to hold them. Some have been charged with new crimes. High-risk sex offenders in California have removed or disarmed their GPS tracking devices. Left: Fidel Tafoya didn't serve time for violating parole and is now charged in a new offense. Center: Rithy Mam, a child stalker, violated parole, stayed free and was later arrested in a new case. Right: Robert Stone, a rapist and parole violator, was freed and soon charged in a kidnapping.
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The increase amounts to more sex offenders whose whereabouts were unknown and who were not reporting to their parole officers last year. An Associated Press analysis of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation data shows that 2, paroled sex offenders dropped out of sight in the 15 months since the new law took effect in October , compared to 2, in the 15 months before realignment. The numbers were obtained by the AP before their public release. Attention has focused on parolees who cut off or disable their GPS-linked ankle bracelets, meaning that parole agents are unable to track their movements by satellite. Before the law took effect in , those who violated their parole by tampering with the devices could have been returned to state prison for up to a year. Now they can be sentenced to up to six months in county jails, but many are released within days because local jails are overcrowded. The problem varies greatly by county.
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Please Note: Not all sex offender registrants are child molesters. The information provided is intended for community safety purposes only and should not be used to threaten, harass, or intimidate an offender. However, the information was not always available to the public. In , Megan Kanka, a seven-year-old child, was kidnapped, raped and murdered in New Jersey by a convicted sex offender.
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