MA SJC clears up GPS monitoring of sex offender law

Tom NolanAccording to a recent Boston Globe article, the state’s highest court ruled that the law requiring GPS monitoring of people on probation for certain sex offenses applies only to offenders who have been placed on probation after being convicted of the crimes, not to offenders who are awaiting trial. 

“It’s not clear from the ruling that judges will be precluded from requiring certain individuals charged with sex offenses from wearing the devices, but they (the judges) are not required to have offenders wear them prior to conviction,” said Tom Nolan, professor of criminal justice and a twenty-seven year veteran (and former lieutenant) of the Boston Police Department.

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