GPS tracking devices to be used on domestic violence offenders

Mark Bolton
Mark Bolton
Captain Jeff Handley
Captain Jeff Handley

Louisville, KY - By Jon Chrisos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Thursday night, we told you about a new law now in effect in Kentucky. Amanda's Law allows GPS monitoring for some domestic violence offenders. Many advocates say it looks great on paper, but how will it work in the real world?

A transmitter is worn around the ankle. After it's put on, officers can see where the offender is moving. More than two dozen Metro Corrections employees work the program. There are officers and clerks on all shifts.

"So we're out there on the streets at all times just monitoring. We monitor in the house and the officers monitor on the street," said Captain Jeffrey Handley.

A new Kentucky law is now on the books and allows these devices to be used on domestic violence offenders. What's called an exclusion zone can be set up to keep those offenders away from their victims.

"Should they penetrate that exclusion zone, it will set off an alarm which will trigger a response from our staff and Metro police," explained Mark Bolton, director of Louisville Metro Corrections.

That's different than how the current system works. This one is live and in real time.

Correction officials say they're ready to go. They have the contract, the vendor, and the devices. Next week they'll meet with prosecutors and judges to figure out how and when to move forward.

If ordered to wear one by a judge, offenders will have to pay for the GPS tracking device. We're told it will be about $12 a day.

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