Magazine article Corrections Forum

Reactions Mixed to Satellite Tracking of Kansas Offenders

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Reactions Mixed to Satellite Tracking of Kansas Offenders

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Kansas City Star

In an attempt to keep offenders out of prison, the Kansas Corrections Department will begin using Global Positioning System technology to monitor the location and movements of convicts who have violated the terms of their release from prison. The satellite tracking strategy will be implemented under the department's new day-- reporting program. Offenders who fail to meet the terms of release are required to check in daily to one of three centers in lieu of more jail time. There, they receive drug treatment, drug testing, and life skills training. While they are permitted to leave the facilities to go to work and to return home at night, they must wear an ankle bracelet and carry a pack containing a mobile receiver. The technology is more sophisticated than the more commonly used electronic monitoring approach, which consists of a device that allows law enforcement officials to periodically track the wearer's whereabouts by phone. …

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