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    ICE tracking illegal immigrants with GPS-enabled ankle bracelets

    ICE tracking illegal immigrants with GPS-enabled ankle bracelets


    Illegal immigrants are processed by the Arizona by the U.S. Border Patrol, 2009. (Associated Press) **FILE ** more >


    By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement launched a program this month to use GPS-enabled ankle bracelets to track illegal immigrant families released from custody.


    The “RGV 250” pilot program is Homeland Security’s possible solution for the high no-show rate of illegal immigrant families who do not report back to immigration officials once they are released into the U.S. interior.


    The Associated Press reported Wednesday that it received audio of a meeting between immigration activists and a DHS official who said that roughly 70 percent of illegal immigrants who are released due to lack of jail space do not circle back with immigration officials.

    The news organization was also shown a confidential ICE document on illegal immigrant families from the Texas’ Rio Grande Valley who were given the devices
    .


    SEE ALSO: Judge tosses Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s lawsuit challenging amnesty


    The new program will eventually include 250 illegal immigrant families, AP reported. If the GPS devices prove successful in getting those families to return immigration officials, then it may be expanded.


    ICE spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea told AP that illegal immigrants are screened on a case-by-case basis to decide who should be detained or released.


    AP reported that 68,000 illegal immigrants traveling as families along the Mexican border were arrested during the 2014 budget year that ended in September. The ICE document AP viewed says the U.S. government believes it could ultimately end up monitoring 29,000 illegal immigrants with GPS devices in 2015.


    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...#ixzz3MqEiXLmo

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    Why GPS Doesn’t Always Work for Tracking Convicts

    From police understaffing to glitchy satellite signals, a look at some of the problems that can plague ankle bracelets

    Author: Eric Markowitz
    Posted: 04/17/14 14:17 EST

    Earlier this week, two men in Southern California were arrested for unspeakably heinous crimes: Police say they allegedly raped and murdered four local women, dumping the last woman’s body on a conveyer belt at a trash-sorting facility in Anaheim.

    Both men were convicted sex offenders on parole—and both, interestingly, were wearing ankle bracelets with GPS monitors at the time of their crimes. If you ever imagined a system in which cops were tracking a parolee’s every step on a Google map, waiting to burst in right before that person committed a crime, think again—the electronic monitoring system is plagued by myriad inefficiencies and disorganization.



    (MEGAN'S LAW)

    First off, they can be easy to take off. There are ample videos on YouTube showing how, using basic hand lotion and a plastic bag, some offenders have been able to slip the ankle bracelets off their feet. Even Martha Stewart, on home arrest and forced to wear an ankle bracelet in 2005, proclaimed to Vanity Fair:“You can figure out how to get it off. It’s on the Internet. I looked it up.”

    But a larger problem persists. If convicts and parolees are wearing electronic monitors and still committing crimes, it begs the question: Does electronic monitoring really even work?


    Whether electronic monitoring has an effect on recidivism rates is a notoriously complex challenge that’s been studied by criminologists for two decades. But looking simply at the functioning of GPS monitoring, people in the business say there are several inherent flaws with the system. Those flaws range from a lack of police manpower to federal and state agencies that don’t collaborate on parolee GPS data.

    There’s also basic technical problems, like GPS trackers that lose service whenever a person steps underground or into an “urban canyon.”


    George Drake has been trying to answer the question of how to make electronic monitoring more effective for the better part of 30 years. Drake, the president of New Mexico-based Correct Tech, is perhaps the world’s foremost expert on the technology and implementation of GPS electronic monitoring. In his role, he assists government agencies with their offender tracking programs; his biggest contract is with the Corrections Technology Center of Excellence, a division of the National Institute of Justice.


    In the last few years, Drake says the use of GPS trackers has grown by 30%, in large part because the cost of the technology has been driven down by the commoditization of GPS cell phone technology. “Your Android or Apple phone actually is a much more advanced chip than what’s used in offender tracking tech,” he says.


    What happened in California earlier this week actually happens all the time. One study, published in 2013, found that of 1,351 defendants released with GPS ankle bracelets in Washington, D.C., in 2012, 110 were arrested and charged with new crimes. “Nearly a dozen crimes were violent, including armed robbery, assault and attempted child sex abuse,” reported The Washington Post at the time. “In past years, defendants in the program have been charged with murder and rape.”


    Drake estimates there are between 70,000 and 80,000 electronic monitors in use today. The monitors are leased out by manufacturers, and prices are usually $3 to $4 per day on the low end, all the way up to $10 to $12 on the upper end. They use rechargeable batteries that last about 22 hours, and get replaced after one year.


    In the United States, there are about 7 million people on probation or parole,
    so it’s a relatively minor percentage that are outfitted with the ankle bracelets. It varies from state to state, but those who have the trackers are typically parolees who had been convicted of violent and sexual crimes.


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    Today the monitors made with a hard plastic shell and a rubberized strap, with a fiber-optic cable inside. The fiber-optics shine a “ring of light” around the ankle, and any time that ring of light is interrupted—say, by cutting the strap with a sharp pair of scissors—the monitor alerts police. According to Drake, the monitors can stretch about 5% before they go into “tamper mode.”

    As a sort of strange byproduct of his work, Drake has become something of an expert on human anatomy; he has spent years comparing the ratios of the circumference of human ankles to the circumference of heels. He uses that research to consult with manufacturers, who are eager to design products that are impossible to slip off.


    “People who have stubby ankles and small feet—it doesn’t take much to slide it over the heel,”
    he says.


    Many of the newest models are made with accelerometers and motion detectors, so that when people stay still too long (or have managed to slip off the tracker), it sends out an alert to local police. They’re also made with sensors, so that if a parolee tries to crack open the hard plastic and remove the GPS chip, it also sends out an alert. “It’s like the refrigerator door,” he says. “When you open it, the light comes on.”


    In some ways, modern offender trackers are not really all that different from a stripped down Fitbit.


    Since they first were introduced with GPS in 1997, the bracelets have functioned in pretty much the same way. Each parolee is assigned with certain “exclusion zones” and “inclusion zones.” Basically, they’re geographic parameters. If the parolee is a convicted sex offender, for instance, the exclusion zone would likely include places like schools, parks and public swimming pools. Inclusion zones would be the offender’s home and work.


    An ankle bracelet used for short imprisonment sentences.
    (REUTERS)

    The GPS monitors pings the system every few moments. That digital information—unique to each parolee—is sent to a data warehouse, which is usually managed by the device’s manufacturer. Custody of that digital information is extremely important. If the data is ever used as evidence in a trial, prosecutors need to prove that the information was housed securely.

    If the parolee steps into one of the exclusion zones, the data center automatically pings an alert to the local law enforcement agency, which then dispatches an officer to check on the parolee. Ostensibly, this happens as quickly as possible, but as Drake points out, it’s never actually “real time.”


    “In almost all cases, it’s done through an automated process,” Drake says. “The device checks in, it uploads its information to the server, and automatically send out reports. There could be a several-minute delay.”


    One of the main challenges with GPS tracking, he says, is a problem anyone with a cell phone has experienced:

    Sometimes you just lose the GPS signal. False reports can be generated because a parolee steps into an underground parking lot or a subway.


    But there’s a bigger problem with electronic monitoring: Even with the technology constantly pinging the system, police often lack boots on the ground to actually prevent violations in progress. “The biggest problem is an underestimation of manpower needs,” he says.


    This could have serious implications. If the ping comes from the data center, but the police are responding to other calls, it might take several minutes, or even hours, to respond. By the time they do, it may be too late.


    There’s a bit of irony here. The costs of GPS technology have dropped, which have made electronic monitors more affordable for state agencies. But while the devices themselves are affordable, they require a response infrastructure that many local police precincts simply can’t afford.


    “There’s a lot of work that goes along with offender tracking,” Drake says. “Agencies are approached by a vendor who says, ‘We’ll lease these to you for four bucks a day.’ And [the agencies] say, ‘Sure.’ They fail to plan for all the other expenses that go along with running the program—having the staff available 24 hours, vehicles in the field. So they hire more staff, get more cell phones, more desks, more officers, more benefits. And then they look at the cost of the program and it’s six times more expensive.”


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    In the case of the two men arrested earlier this week, both were wearing GPS monitors. You might think that an alert would have been generated to police if two known sex offenders were hanging out in close proximity. But according to the police report, one of the offenders was wearing a federally issued monitor; the other was wearing a state-issued monitor—and the two groups do not share data.

    “How could these two people have been associated with each other and no one has noticed?” Drake asks. “They use disparate platforms to pool their data.”


    Drake says the Department of Justice is working on a way to aggregate data, but they’re at least a year out from completing that project.


    Drake sees more agencies using GPS tracking in the future, but he doesn’t think it’ll ever reach the point where ex-cons are implanted with GPS chips—as some have suggested.


    “That is science fiction,” he says with a laugh. “I also think it’s inhumane.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDoe2 View Post
    ICE tracking illegal immigrants with GPS-enabled ankle bracelets


    Illegal immigrants are processed by the Arizona by the U.S. Border Patrol, 2009. (Associated Press) **FILE ** more >


    By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement launched a program this month to use GPS-enabled ankle bracelets to track illegal immigrant families released from custody.


    The “RGV 250” pilot program is Homeland Security’s possible solution for the high no-show rate of illegal immigrant families who do not report back to immigration officials once they are released into the U.S. interior.


    The Associated Press reported Wednesday that it received audio of a meeting between immigration activists and a DHS official who said that roughly 70 percent of illegal immigrants who are released due to lack of jail space do not circle back with immigration officials.

    The news organization was also shown a confidential ICE document on illegal immigrant families from the Texas’ Rio Grande Valley who were given the devices
    .


    SEE ALSO: Judge tosses Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s lawsuit challenging amnesty


    The new program will eventually include 250 illegal immigrant families, AP reported. If the GPS devices prove successful in getting those families to return immigration officials, then it may be expanded.


    ICE spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea told AP that illegal immigrants are screened on a case-by-case basis to decide who should be detained or released.


    AP reported that 68,000 illegal immigrants traveling as families along the Mexican border were arrested during the 2014 budget year that ended in September. The ICE document AP viewed says the U.S. government believes it could ultimately end up monitoring 29,000 illegal immigrants with GPS devices in 2015.


    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...#ixzz3MqEiXLmo

    ship every one of them back i still say the supreme court should go back & read the book again . they miss a page

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    After 70% of Illegal Family Units Fail to Appear at Hearings, Feds to Track More with

    After 70% of Illegal Family Units Fail to Appear at Hearings, Feds to Track More with GPS

    by Tony Lee
    25 Dec 2014

    The Department of Homeland Security will reportedly track more illegal immigrants with GPS devices because a whopping 70% of illegal immigrants who traveled to America as a family unit failed to show up to their immigration hearings.

    This summer, illegal immigrants from Central America flooded across the border, believing that “notices to appear” that illegal immigrants receive after being released were “permisos” to remain indefinitely in America.

    The Associated Press reported that “in September, the Homeland Security Department confided to a group of immigrant advocates during a confidential meeting that about 70 percent of immigrants traveling as families failed to report back to ICE as ordered after they were released at the border.”

    According to an Associated Press report, as a result, “Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier this month launched a program to give GPS devices to some parents caught crossing the Mexican border illegally with their children in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.” The program will reportedly track 250 “heads of households” with GPS ankle bracelets.

    In the last fiscal year, Border Patrol agents apprehended (many more are suspected to have entered the country undetected) nearly 70,000 illegal immigrants traveling as families, according to the Associated Press, and “the majority of those people were released with orders to report back to ICE and enroll in a monitoring program called Alternatives to Detention, which allows the government to keep tabs on immigrants while their cases make their way through immigration court.” That “process can take several years,” as there are “more than 429,000 cases are pending in federal immigration court.”

    After President Barack Obama announced his executive amnesty in November, he declared that most of the seven million illegal immigrants who do not qualify for his executive amnesty will be less likely to be deported so long as they are not violent criminals.

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