Tuesday, August 10, 2010

CDCR Unveils Website to Alert the Public When Sex Offenders Remove GPS Tracking Devices

Media, Public Invited to Subscribe Free to New Alert Service

SACRAMENTO -- The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today unveiled a new web page that notifies the public when a sex offender removes his or her Global Positioning Satellite ankle monitor for the purposes of evading parole supervision.

The new web page posts the parolee’s name, physical description, picture and last known whereabouts of those registered offenders on parole who have removed their ankle monitor. Alerts will be updated within hours of a warrant being issued.

Members of the media and the public are invited to subscribe via email to the alert system free of charge.

This web page was established following a directive issued last week by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that CDCR notify the public and the media whenever a paroled sex offender removes his or her GPS unit and absconds from parole.

CDCR already notifies law enforcement through the California Department of Justice’s Criminal Intelligence and Investigation system alerts. The parolee descriptors are located in Parole Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS).

To subscribe to alerts, visit the new web page www.cdcr.ca.gov/parole/GPS-Wanted-Alerts.html and input your email address. For more information on California parole reform and public safety efforts please visit: www.cdcr.ca.gov and click on the Parole tab.

Terry Thornton

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