Gov. Brown signs bill mandating penalties, jail for paroled sex offenders who remove ankle-mounted satellite monitors

October 12, 2013
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Bill strengthens deterrent for sex offender absconders

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Brown today signed into law legislation to ensure convicted sex offenders who cut off their ankle-mounted satellite-GPS monitors serve the full maximum incarceration sentences in county jail. 

Senate Bill 57 by Sen. Ted W. Lieu of Torrance will mean paroled sex offenders, effective Jan. 1, 2014, will remain under GPS supervision instead of cutting them off with little fear of punishment.

“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.  “Real deterrents for sex offenders drastically reduce the likelihood they will commit another crime.  SB 57 now gives these sex offenders second thoughts about roaming free while on parole.”

Prior to the 2011 public safety realignment, sex offenders and other parolees who breached parole were returned to state prison for up to a year.  However, realignment moved parole violators from state prison to county jails.
 
By changing where these parole violators are housed, an unintended consequence was created as it related to GPS monitoring.  Where previously these sex offenders would return to state prison, in some cases they now are being freed within days or even hours because of crowded county jails.
 
“A US Department of Justice funded study showed sex offenders who were not monitored had a recidivism rate three times higher than those who were monitored by GPS.  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,” Lieu said.
 
As written, SB 57 will:
   • Require a sex offender GPS absconder to be sentenced to 180 days and mandate that the sex offender serve the entire parole revocation in county jail.
   • Allow county jails to keep track of GPS absconders separately from other parolees.

Following the time served on this new felony, this sex offender will be released again on parole as a sex offender and once again monitored by GPS.
 
SB 57 was supported by law enforcement and victims’ rights groups, including the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs; the California District Attorneys Association; CA Narcotics Officers Association; the California Police Chiefs Association; the City of Los Angeles; the County of Los Angeles; Crime Victims United; Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office; the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; the Los Angeles Police Protective League; the L.A. County Probation Officers Union; the Peace Officers Research Association; and the Riverside Sheriff’s Association.

For more, including a Fact Sheet on SB 57, visit Lieu’s Web site at the address below.

Ted W. Lieu chairs the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee and represents the more than 1.3 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. See a district map HERE: For more, visit www.senate.ca.gov/lieu.
  

MEDIA CONTACT: Ray Sotero

Communications Director

Sen. Ted W. Lieu, Senate District 28

Capitol Building, Room 4061

Sacramento, Calif. 95814

(916) 651-4028 office

www.sen.ca.gov/Lieu