LA County Probation conceded yesterday that there has been a “widespread failure” of the GPS tracking system due to probation officers being deluged with meaningless alerts while some offenders went untracked for extended periods of time.
Chief Probation Officer Jerry Powers told the Board of Supervisors that LA County has been a “blueprint for how not to implement a GPS program.” The department completely lost track of 80 GPS tracked felons in 2013.
Powers also stated that his department had “inadequate and / or nonexistent” training and policies. Also, much of the problem is caused by equipment. A new emergency contract is being proposed. About 1/4 of the GPS anklets were found to be faulty.
LA County also used GPS for tracking some people in actual custody. That system is also loaded with problems including the inability of the signal to penetrate jail buildings.
Clicking here will link to a piece by Paige St. John in today’s LA TIMES. Thanks to Caroline for the link.