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Parole agency begins using GPS

on November 01, 2013 10:30 AM

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania probation officials say they’ve begun using Global Positioning System devices to track the people they supervise.

The state Board of Probation and Parole announced Thursday that training has been completed for its employees and now about 50 people are being monitored by GPS.

The system requires the parolees to wear a receiver on their ankle that indicates whether they are where they should be, or have entered areas where they are prohibited.

Parole agents are able to get up-to-the-minute information on their computers regarding the whereabouts of the people they supervise. The system alerts the agency when an issue arises that requires its attention.

Corrections industry experts say the GPS devices can be a valuable tool, but caution that they aren’t a cure-all.

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