Domestic Abuse Offender G-P-S Tracking Program Launched
(St. Paul, MN) -- Ramsey County has launched a pilot program that uses G-P-S to track defendants in domestic abuse cases before they go on trial. The goal is to make sure they don't violate court orders to have "no contact" with their victims. County Attorney John Choi (CHOY) says the defendant will wear an ankle bracelet and the victim also gets a device that will warn them if the defendant is anywhere near where they're not supposed to be. Choi says the defendant is also notified when entering an area prohibited by the court order. Choi says currently there's only enough funding to put five domestic-abuse defendants on G-P-S monitoring but says there are potentially hundreds that should be on it in Ramsey County. Backers plan to ask the legislature to expand the program statewide.