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Sex Crimes: Man released after conviction says GPS monitor unjust

Many people convicted as sex offenders in Georgia spend extended time in prison and are then released back into public life. The law requires that such persons be categorized as to the severity of the crime they committed and their likelihood to re-offend. Those listed in category three, the highest group for the worst sex crimes, must register as offenders for the rest of their lives, and they must also wear tracking devices on their ankles.

Many may be surprised to learn that people (who have already served their full sentences) wearing ankle monitors post-prison are required to pay for the devices. The entire topic is being hotly debated in a Georgia Supreme Court. One justice said it is unfair to place that financial burden on someone who has already fulfilled the sentence for the crime committed. He noted that even a few dollars a day adds up to more per year than many people are able to afford.

Another surprising detail regarding ankle monitors worn by past offenders in this state is that if they remove them or do not wear them, there is no legal consequence. In other words, the state says the devices are meant to help authorities keep track of past offenders but are not punitive in any way. As such, some say the requirement is unconstitutional. One man who was fitted with a device then moved to another county where authorities chose not to make him wear it.

Courtroom arguments on the topic have not yet concluded. The results could greatly affect the lives of many people in Georgia who have already served time for their sex crimes. Anyone facing issues regarding this or any other criminal law issue may seek consultation with an experienced defense attorney for guidance.

Source: myajc.com, "Sex offender argues mandatory ankle monitoring unconstitutional", Dec. 5, 2016

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