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House Passes GPS Tracking for Sex Offenders

Posted May 1, 2007 5:11 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina House on Tuesday passed a measure that would outline when sex offenders should be monitored by position-tracking satellites.

The bill, which now goes to the state Senate, would make it the district attorney’s duty to present evidence at sentencing that the offender should be watched by global positioning satellites (GPS). If a judge decides the offender is a sexual predator or a repeat offender or there is an aggravating factor, the offender must enroll in the satellite-based monitoring for life.

Aggravating factors include most sex crimes involving children.

If the court does not decide about GPS tracking, the Department of Correction would have to make the ruling.

An inmate who is going to be tracked would get an ankle bracelet when released from prison and would have to pay the one-time cost of $90 for it. Any violation would be a misdemeanor.