GPS Monitoring of Criminal Offenders-Florida State University-DC Public Safety Radio

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The program interviews Associate Professor William Bales of the Florida State University, College of Criminology and Criminal Justice and principal researcher for a new study on Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and electronic monitoring of criminal offenders. Joining Bill Bales is Carlton Butler, GPS Program Administrator for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency.

The Florida State University study of 5,000 offenders indicates a 31 percent reduction in rates of failure while under supervision including decreases in absconding, revocations and new criminal activity.

The website for the Florida State University is .

The website for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency is An updated fact sheet on the CSOSA GPS effort is available at .

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The National Reentry Resource Center is a project of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. Please see the Center’s website at Please see “Federal Interagency Reentry Council Launches Website, Releases Myth-Buster Series” on the front page of the site (see announcements). CSOSA is a member of the Council.

Several requestors have asked for national research on reentry. The Office of Justice Program’s National Institute of Justice reentry research portfolio supports the evaluation of innovative reentry programs. To access these studies and NIJ’s entire reentry research portfolio visit

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The program is hosted by Leonard Sipes. The producer is Timothy Barnes.

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