ILLINOIS' SATELLITE TRACKING OF CRIMINALS

Illinois has enacted law 730 ILCS 5/section 5-8A-7, effective January 1, 2009, as a response to the murder of Cindy Bischof by her former boyfriend. The new law authorizes the use of global positioning systems (GPS) to track the whereabouts of certain criminal defendants who are on pretrial release or subject to protective orders, and are deemed high risks.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are the requirements for the application of the Cindy Bischof Law?
What are the costs of GPS monitoring?
What is the alternative to offenders paying for the GPS program?
What are the potential disadvantages of the GPS tracking system?

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