Two state lawmakers have joined forces to protect Wisconsin’s children from repeat sexual predators. State Representative Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford) and State Representative Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) unveiled their groundbreaking legislation recently called Project KidSafe, which will require the state’s most-dangerous sex offenders to wear satellite tracking devices to aid law enforcement officials in monitoring their exact whereabouts 24 hours a day.
The lawmakers said they modeled their proposal after similar measures in other states that have seen a significant decline in repeat sexual predator offenses. “Our Project KidSafe will help ensure that if you’re a dangerous sex predator, Wisconsin is your worst nightmare,” said Suder. “There is no reason we shouldn’t know exactly where these monsters are every moment of every day and that is exactly the insurance this crucial legislation will provide.” If enacted, Suder and Kleefisch said their Project KidSafe would be the first statewide GPS initiative in Wisconsin.
The lawmakers said research indicates that states with the round-the-clock tracking system have seen a significant decrease in repeat sex offenses since implementing the GPS technology. “Using today’s technology, we can give parents peace of mind by more closely tracking sexual predators,” added Kleefisch. “GPS technology will allow us to know exactly where sex offenders are anywhere at anytime.” The legislators said their new program will require first- and second-degree child sex offenders to wear the GPS tracking system. The GPS will track a parolee’s every move 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, allowing law enforcement officials to tabulate the exact position of these offenders at any time. If an offender fails to wear the GPS monitoring device, law enforcement is immediately notified. The equipment also has tamper-detection features to keep offenders from trying to remove or dismantle the tracking device. Florida, Texas, California and Colorado have successfully used the technology to effectively track sex offenders.