Fugitive sex offenders higher than initially thought

The LA Times again continues their excellent reporting on sex offenders. In this article they identify that California sex offender data for October 2011 to Jan. 1, 2013, show a 65% increase in warrants for those who were tracked by GPS units and went missing.

The increase in fugitive sex offenders in California since the state changed key prison policies is more than double that previously believed, according to data released Wednesday by corrections officials.

The data show a 65% rise from October 2011 to Jan. 1 of this year in warrants issued for paroled sex offenders who were tracked by GPS units and went missing. Previous state reports showed about a 30% climb for that period.

Almost 5,000 warrants were issued during that time, according to the new figures, far more than the 3,251 the department reported in March. Corrections officials said the earlier number did not count cases in which the same offender escaped repeatedly.

Read the full article here.

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