Losing Track by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism explores flaws in Wisconsin’s GPS monitoring program for offenders. The center has found that in the past five years, the size of the program has doubled — yet many of the problems remain.
- The Department of Corrections’ Electronic Monitoring Center routinely loses satellite signals or cell service for offenders on GPS monitoring.
- U.S. courts differ on whether GPS monitoring and other control methods aimed at sex offenders violate their civil rights.
- Ten percent of offenders on GPS monitoring are homeless, making it hard to keep devices charged.
- The man credited with helping to invent offender monitoring wishes the technology were used to rehabilitate offenders — not punish them.
Offenders, many in rural areas, say they have been jailed due to technical problems with bracelets; some experts question value of lifetime monitoring.
Courts are wrestling with whether electronic monitoring is too intrusive; meanwhile, Europe uses the technology sparingly over civil-rights concerns
Ten percent of offenders scramble to find places to plug in bracelets, some cut them off, and local laws make it hard for released sex offenders to find housing
Robert S. Gable and his twin brother invented one of the first monitoring systems for criminal offenders; he is dismayed by how they are used today