GPS: A Promising Solution that Fails To Protect and Serve the Public
Technological advancements have made tracking devices more effective and increased the ability to locate someone. These features led to the adoption of GPS tracking devices as part of the realignment plan initiated by the Californian Governor and took effect in October 2011. In a move to reduce overcrowding in state and county prisons, accused persons and paroled ones deemed to be non violent are required to have a GPS tracking device on them and are given strict regulations which incur penalties if violated. As far as reducing the number of people in prisons is concerned, the use of GPS tracking devices is effective. However, in terms of ensuring public security and preventing violations of regulations set for pre trials and pre releases it fails. First, there are no deterring penalties. Prior to the realignment plan, those who defaulted set regulations faced a year in state prison, this term has been reduced to just three months. On top of that many may be released earlier as a result of overcrowding. This factor further augments other failings of the GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking device. Here are reasons why GPS device is not suitable for pre-trials and pre-releases.
GPS Devices Does Not Stop Crime
Assuming a GPS device was effective as it should be, the most it would do is track the individual. It can tell the location of someone but cannot say if the person is committing a crime or not. This poses a risk on public security where released accused persons and paroled criminals can go on committing crimes within the vicinity or areas they are allowed by the regulations.
The number of people with tracking devices and the geographical region they cover makes it a challenge for those watching over the individuals. Unless the people have a specific interest over the person being tracked, all hour round observation for every individual is not possible.
GPS Tracking Devices Can Be Removed
The number of individuals tampering and removing the global positioning system (GPS) trackers has increased at an alarming rate. Recent cases of crimes being committed by paroled and people released at pre trials have become rampant in California and many other states. Not only is the general public in danger but also the potential witnesses and former victims of the accused persons and criminals.The GPS tracking is clearly not effective in its main role to ensure appearance and protect public safety. There are too many things that can go wrong with GPS tracking to rely on it as an effective pre-release solution. On the other hand, the use of commercial bail bonds has consistently proven to be one of the most successful means of pre-trial release in use by 47 out of 50 states in the US. Furthermore, bail bonds does not cost the taxpayer one cent of public funds and keeps our streets safe by relying on financial and family-based incentives to keep someone charged with a crime accountable in a court of law. Orange County Bail Bonds www.bailall.com has been providing bail bond services to the citizens of California for the past 50 years. If you or a loved one is in need of professional bail bonds, don’t hesitate to contact us or visit our site for more information.