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GPS Tracking of Criminal Offenders  

Author:  Leonard A. Sipes, Jr..

Source: Volume 18, Number 03, Spring 2009 , pp.19-20(2)

Journal of Community Justice (formerly Journal of Community Corrections)

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In Washington, DC, offenders on community supervision—probation, parole, or supervised release—face a new impediment to criminal activity and noncompliance: GPS tracking, which monitors offenders’ whereabouts 24 hours per day. The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA), the federal agency that supervises these offenders in the nation’s capital, has been using GPS since April 2003. About 800 offenders are currently in the program. Although there are no national statistics available on the extent of GPS use nationwide, CSOSA may have one of the largest GPS programs in the country.

Keywords: Global positioning satellite systems; electronic monitoring; community supervision

Affiliations:  1: District of Columbia Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency.

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