Sen. Lieu’s legislation a major deterrent for paroled sex offenders.

May 28, 2013
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Senate backs increased penalties for paroled sex offenders who remove GPS monitors

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today approved on a bipartisan basis increased penalties for convicted sex offenders who cut off their ankle-mounted GPS monitors. Senate Bill 57, by Sen. Ted W. Lieu, D-Torrance, would provide a strong deterrent for paroled sex offenders to remain under GPS supervision.  

“When sex offenders know that there are little or no repercussions for cutting off their GPS monitoring devices, it’s time to strengthen the deterrent,” Lieu said after the legislation passed the Senate Floor.  “Real deterrents for sex offenders drastically reduce the likelihood they will commit another crime.  SB 57 will give these sex offenders second thoughts about roaming free while on parole.”

SB 57 would establish a tiered deterrent for sex offenders who cut off the GPS monitoring devices.  Under the bill, the penalty for the first offense would be a mandatory parole revocation of 180 days in county jail.  For the second offense, the parole revocation would be a mandatory period of 365 days in county jail.  For third and subsequent offenses, the removal would be a felony in state prison between 16 months to three years. 

Underscoring the need for SB 57 are state figures showing that the number of times sex offenders have disabled their GPS devices has jumped during the past three years, including over 4,150 in 2012. 

“These are shockingly high numbers of people cutting off their bracelets.  If we don’t fix this problem, the integrity of our GPS monitoring system for sex offenders is at risk” Lieu said.  “This bill will also help reduce prison overcrowding.  By lowering the number of sex offenders who cut off their GPS device, we will lower the recidivism rate and less sex offenders will commit a new crime resulting in high prison time. A federally funded study shows when sex offenders are monitored by GPS devices the rate of recidivism decreases by three times.”

Ted W. Lieu represents the more than 1 million residents of Senate District 28, which includes the cities of Beverly Hills, Carson, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Torrance, West Hollywood and the Palos Verdes Peninsula as well as portions of Long Beach and Los Angeles including, Beverly Glenn, Brentwood, Cheviot Hills, Harbor City, Hollywood Hills, Marina del Rey, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, Playa del Rey, San Pedro, Venice, Westwood and Wilmington.