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AUSTRALIAN STATE OF QUEENSLAND TO INTRODUCE MANDATORY GPS TRACKING DEVICES FITTED TO WORST SEX OFFENDERS

Queensland’s worst sex offenders will start wearing GPS technology to track their movements from today.

Five offenders will be fitted with the devices on day one of a program that will more closely monitor 57 dangerous sex offenders under supervision orders.

Up until now, offenders were fitted with electronic monitoring tags that checked whether they were meeting curfews.

The new technology will allow authorities to more closely follow where an offender is, 24 hours a day.

“Progressively over the next two months or so, up until about February next year, the entire 57 will be fitted with the device,” Corrective Services Minister Neil Roberts told ABC Radio today.

“There will be a central control room where the movement of the offenders will be tracked.”

Some could wear the GPS devices for up to 20 years, depending on individual court orders, but most will be fitted for up to five or 10 years, he said.

Mr Roberts said that, while the bracelets and anklets would tell authorities where people were, they could not tell them what they were doing.

He added Queensland Corrective Services would have surveillance officers in the field as well.

Mr Roberts said different offenders were prohibited from different places, but most commonly were not allowed near schools and parks.

A further 16 sex offenders up for possible release from jails over the next 12 months could also qualify for the program.

The system, and additional surveillance staff, will cost $13.7 million over four years.


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