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Posted at 9:05 AM ET, 09/27/2010

DYRS using GPS to track young offenders

By Washington Post editors

The D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services is using global positioning system devices to keep track of young offenders released into the community.

The agency says it has contracted with Satellite Tracking of People LLC, the same company used by the city’s adult probation department, for the pilot program in which youth wear GPS devices on their ankles.

The system allows case managers to monitor whether youth under their supervision are participating in school and treatment programs as well as to enforce house arrest. Workers receive an e-mail alert if the juveniles violate their schedule or boundaries.

The move comes after nearly a dozen youth under the agency’s supervision have been charged with murder and more than six have been killed.
Information from: The Washington Examiner.

By Washington Post editors  | September 27, 2010; 9:05 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Why not keep them confined to a secure area, and save the bucks needed for this technology, since the younger criminals wreck such mayhem on the rest of us!!

Posted by: 10bestfan | September 27, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Sadly enough, this is how it begins.

We're already being spoonfed with OnStar, Iphone and other tracking devices...then the placement of RDIF chips under the skin which will lead to the inoculation of babies with same...all under the guise of 'For our own good'.

As long as the guinea pigs are 'bad people', then we are cool with it...

But as the old saying goes 'when they came for the ____, I did nothing because I wasn't a ____, then they came for the ___ ___ and I did nothing because I wasn't a ___ ___, and by the time they came for ME, there was no one left to do anything.

Add to the fact that these are minors with barely any rights already, who will advocate for them?

Yeah, yeah, I know, they are in the System so they don't get a choice...right. But will you feel the same once you are in the System they design for you?

Posted by: kahlua87 | September 27, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Criminals are criminals- they can be old, young, short, tall, any race, any color ,any religion. Someone needs to grow a pair and keep the criminals who are too dangerous to society behind bars, no matter what their age. That doesn't mean be cruel to them but keep them safe and keep the rest of us safe.Electronic monitoring devices can be foiled. Lock them up, and keep them locked up until they can cause no harm.

Posted by: 10bestfan | September 27, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"The system allows case managers to monitor whether youth under their supervision are participating in school and treatment programs as well as to enforce house arrest."

Are you kidding me?! DYRS has been saying that they don't have enough staff to monitor youth. The following is from the web page of Satellite Tracking of People:

"This technology is highly effective, but it is NOT a replacement for in-person interaction between supervising agents/officers and enrollees. In fact, NO technology can replace the critical person-to-person meetings, phone calls and visits. These interactions between supervising agents/officers and enrollees provide much needed information that isn’t available by simply looking at a map of tracks."

So people under DYRS can still rob, kill, and commit mayham while DYRS is reading their emails.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | September 27, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

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