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Juvenile Gang Members Could Be Tracked By GPS

Senator Runner’s and Senator Dutton’s Legislation Will Help with Gang Suppression Efforts.

ImageSenator George Runner’s (R-Antelope Valley) and Senator Bob Dutton’s (R-Rancho Cucamonga) legislation to increase the use of GPS monitoring of juvenile gang offenders passed Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday.

“GPS is a tool to help juveniles end their involvement in gangs. Wearing a GPS device makes the juvenile gang offender radioactive to other gang members – they do not want to be associated with the juvenile,” said Runner.  “This provides an opportunity for the juvenile to get involved with other teens who are not involved in gangs.”

Senate Bill 390 will create a competitive grant program for local governments, local probation departments and the courts to apply for grants to use for GPS monitoring of juvenile gang offenders on probation.   

“We must do everything possible to stop the infiltration of gangs into our communities. One important way of doing this is to focus on ways to help juveniles end their involvement in gangs,” said Dutton.

SB 390 is supported by the Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and San Bernardino County.  It passed the Senate Public Safety Committee 5-0 and it will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee.