SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Hundreds of thousands of Californians remain in the dark as another round of planned power outages hit California. Parts of 29 counties and nearly 600,000 customers are affected. And now the shutoffs are raising new concerns that violent offenders could take advantage of the outages.

Victims rights groups say the fear is real. They want to make sure offenders using tracking devices are being monitored.

“They’re not only worrying about electricity in their home, and water from their well, but they have to worry about their perpetrator not being monitored,” said Laura Valdes, victims rights advocate with the Yolo County District Attorney’s office.

With no electricity, sex offenders are not able to charge their tracking devices, which need to be recharged daily.

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“If their GPS monitors are not able to be re-charged, they have an excuse, a free ticket to re-harm their victim or someone else,” she said.

Sacramento County supervising probation officer Clifford Foster said that during critical incidents, officers increase their staff and home visits.

“We’ll have extra officers going out and checking up on our offenders,” said Foster. “When we notice someone’s device is not charging, we’ll have field officers bring batteries that are charged.”

He adds, “through the device, we can send messages to the client to call us.”

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and several county probation departments say there have not been any issues.

“GPS devices worn by parolees hold a charge for an extended period of time and agents are alerted and monitor low-battery status,” CDCR said in a statement.

State and county agencies are monitoring closely and say there is no increased safety risk.

“We are making every effort possible to keep in contact with all clients, no matter what conditions they have with their GPS,” said Foster.

Shirin Rajaee

Comments (4)
  1. bob says:

    totally LAME Fear mongering… Just because a OUTLET has no power for 5 hours, the gps doesn’t DIE, the CELL Sites always have power and allways SNITCH on a whereabouts of a bracelet…. Another BS “wanna be story” a sex offender doesnt RE-VICTIMIZE their victim they have a next to nothing recidivism rate as it is… This is just another LAME STORY to get ratings !!!

  2. Will Allen says:

    So funny. “Sex offender” this, “sex offender” that. Hilarious how the idiotic public just eats up the stupidity.

    Sex Offender Registries are stupidity that have never helped anyone and never will. There are no experts who support them. Just uninformed and/or immoral and hateful “people” do. Sad.

    Because Registries exist, millions of people have stopped worrying about “victim’s rights”. I hope the next victims are people who think Registries are acceptable. THOSE are the people who need to be the victims. Not good people.

  3. GPS isn’t going to stop anyone from committing a crime; some criminals have committed crimes while wearing them. This is not a panacea but just a way for tech companies to make monry. It is modern snake oil, just like public registries, another waste of money. Repeal GPS and public registries.

  4. Will Bedgood says:

    Really Sacramento and Shirin Rajaee…Power goes out and people are worried about GPS on registrants rather than their homes being broken into and everything stolen by parolees who are thieves and are not required by law enforcement, politicians and their victims to wear a monitoring device. Really!

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