The rate of sex offenders disabling their tracking devices under reduced state penalties has jumped unevenly in California, with a five-fold increase in some counties that release such offenders early, but rising even where early jail releases are not an issue.
The number of GPS warrants for paroled sex offenders accused of disarming or ditching their ankle monitors shows an overall increase since California reduced penalties in order to alleviate prison crowding. The average number of warrants before the law: 209 a month. By December 2012, the most recent month available, the 12-month average had risen to 346 cases, a 65% increase.
In Fresno County, where the Sheriff's Department at times has asked parole agents not to bring in GPS violators for booking in the county's overcrowded jail, the increase was 438%, a jump from four warrants a month to 24 warrants.
But even in Los Angeles County, where the Sheriff's Department holds parole violators for their full jail sentence, there also has been a 70% increase in GPS warrants for sex offenders.