LA concedes GPS tracking a widespread failure

Feb 26th, 2014 | By | Category: Electronic Monitoring, Realignment

blivetLA 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.

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3 Comments to “LA concedes GPS tracking a widespread failure”

  1. LA Sleuth says:

    Telephone has been ringing off the hook. Obtained information that Maria Franco soon to retire and may be hired on by Margarita Perez with the Los Angeles County Probation Dept. Those that have actual information please contact the Union which represents the Los Angeles County Probation officers and the writer of the Los Angeles Times news article. If Powers thinks he has problems now just wait if Franco hires on .

  2. LA Sleuth says:

    A very good article. Sounds a lot like the Division of Adult Parole Operations. I was informed that a male parole agent who failed to run his GPS tracks on a High Risk male parolee gang member who was subsequently arrested by LAPD for murder was protected by Maria Franco, Joe Martinez and a recently retired female Parole Administrator all from the formally Region 3 . With Margareta Perez being one of two Deputy Chief Probation officers in Los Angeles County one must ask why she and others established so many violation zones for convicted sex offenders ( AB 109 ). Did they somehow forget that STAY on Jessica’s Law Residence requirement by the Los Angeles Superior Court Judge back in 2010. What a waste of stakeholders money. Also makes one wonder if someone got their pockets lined by the company that sold the faulty equipment ( GPS devices ) to the county in the first place.

    • kl2008a says:

      Way back when the State was talking about possibly using the GPS devices to track felons I often said I wish I knew where I could invest some $$ into the company that made or marketed the devices (I’d venture to be that some of our senior Administrators did). Nowadays, probably the product is made with Chinese prison labor and has tech support from Bumphuck India.