This report examines the use of GPS monitoring as an effective, cost-saving option for supervising paroled sex offenders.
This report presents the results of a study that examined the use of GPS monitoring as an effective, cost-saving option for supervising paroled sex offenders. Findings from a study of high-risk paroled sex offenders in California indicate that GPS monitoring for these offenders is more effective in reducing recidivism rates and more cost-effective when compared to traditional parole supervision. While the cost per day was higher for GPS monitoring, this increase in cost was more than offset by the decrease in arrest rates leading to fewer offenders needing supervision. The analysis also found that parolees who wear GPS monitoring devices need to consistently follow the protocols outlined in the program in order for the system to work effectively. Several recommendations are presented in the report to make the use of GPS monitoring of sex offenders more effective. These recommendations include reexamining the identification of high-risk sex offenders, monitoring attendance at treatment classes, using graduated sanctions that balance cost and risk, mandating the use of zones, using a monitoring center to screen alerts, and limiting officer caseloads. 4 endnotes