Hi Everyone! I know I haven't written for a long time but you knew I would once I had another fight on my hands. I sent the letter below to Norm Conway State rep of Maryland and Mike Lewis, sheriff of Wicomico County. You may copy and paste my letter to use if you decide to write to your representative to let them know that you do not approve of their supporting this bill. It is a major fight for us all. I am asking everyone to get involved. If anyone out there has had any experience with the GPS monitoring, please write and let me know. I need all the ammo I can get. As always, if I use your story, I will keep you anonymous. Thanks all. God Bless and hope all is well with you.
I am writing to ask you not to support the GPS program for Sex offenders. I have done much research and found that the states that are using it, are not calling it a success. In Arizona, during the first year of using the GPS program, 140 sex offenders wore the GPS monitor. In that 1st year, there were 35000 false alarms from those GPS monitors. Of course, law enforcement did not know that they were false until they had had take the time to investigate them. That was an extra 35000 calls that the sheriff department had to go investigate. In Texas, a child sex offender testified against the use of the GPS program stating that while he was wearing the monitor, a child came to his home (though not in his case, it could have been a girl scout selling cookies). Law enforcement was unaware that the offender had a child in his home since the alarm does not go off if a child is near. In several other states using the GPS program, the courts have several law suits where the families of sex offenders are suing due to their violation of privacy. The GPS program uses cell phone towers for their location. As you are much aware, many areas around Salisbury are dead zones. Since the use the cell towers, many environmental factors would interfere: heavy wind, rain, snow; tall ,dense trees, low lying areas, buildings that houses machinery or steel; etc. THE GPS MONITORING SYSTEM WOULD NOT HAVE PREVENTED THE SARAH FOXWELL TRAGEDY. For one, Leggs was a Tier II and would not have been wearing one. He could have removed it or simply stayed in the dead zones. The GPS monitors are being placed on Tier III. Studies have shown that Tier III, the offenders who have spent the longest time in prison, also have the lowest recidivism rate. A few of the Tier III have had convictions greater than 20 years and have never done another crime of any kind. Studies also show that the longest the time between the original conviction and without any further criminal actions, have the lowest recidivism rates. Do you really want all these additional problems for Maryland? I think not. I can guarantee that there would be several of those law suits in the courts for evasion and violation of privacy. I am sure there will be more than several, since when one is filed...others will decide to do the same. Do you really want the MD courts to be swamped with cases from the family and friends? Do you really want law enforcement to have to go out on 35000 extra calls to investigate the GPS alarms? How can you justify the raising of taxes for a program that has been proved a failure by many other states? How would you be able to look another mother or father in the face and tell them that "No, the GPS monitor hasn't given us any useful information as to where your child is." Please do not make this a law that is passed just because it is another one of those "feel good" laws and will gain you more votes during the next election. I see it back firing when the program fails and you loose those votes. Or when several of officers are on a possible false alarm call and they didn't make it on another call to save someones life who was in real danger.
Thank you for listening. I hope all of you decide not to support the GPS program.