GPS anklet alerts bombard probation officers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officers in the nation's largest probation department are being bombarded with alerts from GPS ankle monitors which may mask real alarms of danger.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1gIez3f ) Sunday that Los Angeles County probation officers routinely ignore or even delete messages from these monitors because there are so many.

The GPS anklets are strapped onto the highest-risk convicts. Officers have received as many as 1,000 a day. Many warning of a blocked signal or low battery.

Nearly every county in California is preparing to expand their use of these devices to track criminals on the street rather than incarcerate them.

A federal court order requires the state to reduce prison overcrowding. More than 10,000 state inmates and parolees have been shifted to local control in the last two years.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com