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Program to streamline parolee GPS monitoring in Calif.

A test program is aiming to change the way parole agents keep track of parolees by GPS. It may help agents spend less time dealing with false alarms.

May 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A test program is aiming to change the way parole agents keep track of parolees by GPS.

Currently, parole agents spend about half their time dealing with GPS alerts, but most of them are very minor, like a low battery or someone bumping into the device by mistake.

The test program will hand the alerts over to the companies that provide the ankle bracelets. They will weed out the false alarms.

"And then the parole agents can pay attention to the ones that are most important, most critical for them to address, and this will enable parole agents to spend more of their time on direct supervision of these offenders," explained Terry Thorton with the California Department of Corrections.

At the end of the 90-day test period, the corrections department will make a decision on whether to extend the program.