Thursday, September 10, 2009

Illinois Paroled Rapist's Required GPS Monitoring Dropped Before 2 Additional Rapes Reported

Placing GPS monitoring devices on parolees is often presented as a way to protect the public from violent offenders upon their release from prison, but this is clearly no magical crime prevention device.

From the Chicago Tribune:
Cook County authorities tried multiple times to flag convicted rapist Julius Anderson as a sexually violent person who belonged behind bars indefinitely, but state corrections officials insisted he be released on parole.

When he was released this summer, the state Prison Review Board slapped Anderson, 59, with the toughest conditions it could, including a requirement that he be on GPS monitoring. But his Near West Side halfway house wasn't set up to handle GPS, so he was put on less-stringent electronic monitoring.

Within eight days of walking out of the halfway house Aug. 7, he forced a 25-year-old woman into a gangway and held her for 30 minutes at knifepoint as he sexually assaulted her, authorities said.

Anderson, authorities allege, had returned to the same pattern of chilling sexual violence that put him behind bars 30 years ago -- stalking women and raping them. He was charged Thursday with aggravated criminal sexual assault in the rapes of two women at knifepoint.
There are 3 problems here. The first is that this man was released at all under any condition. The second is that rather than revoking parole until all the conditions of that parole were met, those conditions were reduced. The third is the statutory requirement that Anderson either had to be paroled or civilly committed.

Since Anderson was found not mentally fit to stand trial on a rape reported in 1973 and after he was released from a mental health institution he was charged and convicted of rape and after serving that sentence he continued his pattern of crimes within months his history is a good match with the stated standards for civil commitment.

If Anderson is ever allowed to be this free again for any reason the system will have failed again and the public will be in danger again. Some sex offenders will be violent if they get the opportunity even if they need long-term care. This is a serious enough issue that legislators in states such as Oklahoma are working to ensure violent nursing home patients don't have access to other patients.

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