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Technology Helps Probation Officers Track Sex Offenders

October 8th, 2008 by flanews

Florida Probation officers who monitor sex offenders have a new laptop system to help them keep track of offenders. The state Department of Corrections rolled out its Mobile Data Access System. The wireless database and tracking program, gives probation officers up-to-the-minute information on sex offenders, including the last time they were drug tested, their last meeting with an officer and even their location. Probation Officer Jennefer Thurber was one of the first officers to use the program.

If sex offenders arent where theyre supposed to be, we get an alarm and we have to investigate that. Having a laptop at our use, we can physically pull up and see where there are at that time, said Thurber.

Budget cuts force the state to layoff 264 probation officers this year. The Department of Corrections says this program will help the remaining officers take on extra cases.

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