GPS STUDY TO MONITOR SEX OFFENDERS IN SUFFOLK COUNTY
Suffolk Life/Michelle Pirraglia
Suffolk County is about to launch a pilot program to study the effectiveness of GlobalPositioning System monitoring for those on probation, with legislation passing last week to includeall sex offenders as potential subjects for the study.
According to Laura Ahearn, executive director of Parents for Megan's law, there are currentlybetween 275 and 300 sex offenders on probation in Suffolk County. We're very encouraged by thisstudy, Ahearn said, emphasizing the importance of including level one offenders in the mix. Theprocess of risk assessment doesn't always work out. You can have a level one that's just adangerous as a level two or three. She also noted that there are currently 817 registered sexoffenders in Suffolk.