Mandatory GPS Monitoring

Two appeals at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court challenge the constitutionality of statutorily-required GPS monitoring for almost all sex offenses even when the mandatory condition makes no sense because the defendant has not been ordered to stay away from any location, nor was there any reason for making such an order.  Nonetheless, the malfunctions of the equipment result in persons on probation and doing nothing wrong being locked up for days before the faulty equipment gets straightened out.  In both cases, we have filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief.  (co-counsel: ACLUM Legal Director Matthew Segal).

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