Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $424,807)
The grantee will conduct a process and impact evaluation of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's (CDCR) Global Positioning System (GPS) Monitoring Program of High-Risk Sex Offenders (HRSOs). Despite the increasing number of high-risk sex offenders being placed on electronic monitoring (EM), very little is known about the effectiveness of such technology in reducing the recidivism and promoting the compliance of sexual offenders. The overall purpose of this study is to conduct a quasi-experimental evaluation of the CDCR GPS monitoring program of HRSOs. Specifically, the study will assess the impact, quality, and costs of CDRC's GPS program, including the program's effectiveness in reducing sex offender recidivism and detecting technical parole violations.