Supporters of the plan say it could help prevent tragedies like the murder of Carlie Brucia, but the cost alone could be the biggest obstacle.
An ankle bracelet is the latest weapon in the battle to keep track of potentially dangerous felons. It sends a signal to a satellite that tracks the person's every move once they're released from prison and cross-references the information with crime reports.
Only a handful of counties use the so-called Veritracks system now, but Lake County Sheriff George Knupp would love to see it go statewide.
“As we put people out on parole and probation, we need to do something to protect our citizens and that's a good device to have to protect them. It lets the probationer know that we're going to look at him, and it's also a tool for us to use. If he does go out and commit a crime, we can apprehend him,” says George Knupp Lake County Sheriff.
In the wake of the murder of Carlie Brucia, allegedly at the hands of a multiple parole violator, police are lobbying for funding for the new technology this week at the capitol.
While police are pushing for the monitors, the system does not come cheap. We're talking $35 million to turn it on statewide.
Mandy Wettstein represents general dynamics, one of the only companies marketing such a system in Florida, but she says it's not just about making a buck.
“The technology is here to hopefully save lives and prevent victimization. It's time to grow the technology around the state and hopefully, prevent any more victims like Carlie,” says Mandy Wettstein of General Dynamics.
While the device can't actually stop someone from committing a crime. Statistics show it can dramatically cut repeat offenses because criminals know they're being watched.
There are at least three bills already pending at the capitol that would expand the GPS monitoring system.
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