Antonovich wants details on prisoner monitoring

Jason Song at the County Hall of Administration (Los Angeles Times) | February 26, 2013

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich on Tuesday asked for a report detailing the number of local ex-convicts who have been placed under electronic monitoring and how many of them had illegally removed or disabled the devices.

Antonovich said he was reacting to a Times story that found that thousands of paroled sex offenders are removing their monitoring bracelets and have gone on to commit serious new crimes, including sexual battery and kidnapping.

State officials used to monitor parole violators, but a recent law known as “realignment” shifted that responsibility to local law enforcement agencies.

Antonovich, who has been a staunch critic of realignment, asked county probation and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials to present the report to the board during its March 5 meeting.

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