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WA wants GPS tracking for sex offenders

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International News | Monday April 30 2012 6:57

WA wants GPS tracking for sex offenders

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The West Australian government wants to track violent sex offenders using satellite technology, but admits that means more convicted criminals could be freed from the state's overcrowded prisons.

The suggestion came as the state government announced a six million dollar tender for new global positioning system tracking devices which would include wrist and ankle bracelets.

Wearers would have their every move monitored by the Corrective Services Department, which could exclude them from certain areas, including schools, by programming an alarm to go off if they entered, or if the devices were tampered with or removed.

The monitoring system is also being considered for female prisoners caring for children and it could be used to stop accused people from approaching victims or witnesses.

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