VANCOUVER, Wash. - Washington state is expanding its new program that puts GPS locators on the most dangerous sex offenders.
Now every level-three sex offender will have to wear a GPS ankle bracelet for the first month of their release from custody. Sex offenders are classified based on the likelihood of reoffending - with level-three being the most likely.
The devices have been in use since last September on some sex offenders.
A computer program tracks minute-by-minute movement for anyone wearing the device and notifies authorities if it's cut off.
While authorities says it's a valuable tool, one level-three sex offender in Vancouver, who didn't want his name disclosed, said it would not stop someone from violating parole.
"No you just take it off, put 'em together, and stick 'em on a truck heading to Canada," he said. "They're gonna take it off, or refuse to wear it, or whatever the case may be… there's people like that."
Officials with Washington's Department of Corrections say most sex offenders who reoffend do it within a month of their release from prison.
While the ankle bracelet system is no guarantee, they say it lets them see dangerous patterns in someone's behavior before they reoffend.
"We have the ability to maybe get a better idea of where they spend their time, what they're doing, and gear the supervision around that," said Gelinda Amell, state sex offender supervisor.
The state is monitoring 10 people in the area and adding another two a week.
They've already caught one man going into Camas, Wash., when he wasn't supposed to. In another case, an offender called corrections officials just minutes after the strap on his GPS unit came loose last month. He feared he might be taken to jail.