May 22, 2022


GPS trackers, and usability to enforce restraining orders.

Through my research on the topic of GPS trackers in enforcing restraining orders, I have found the opinion of journalist Misha Valencia very compelling. Valencia discusses the personal aspects of a restraining order and focuses on stark individual cases. Valencia talks about the rising rates of intimate partner homicide in the United States and the solution that GPS tracking would provide. 

However, I believe that there is a gap that is being overlooked in the current GPS tracking solution. The current solution for GPS tracking applies to repeat offenders of violent or sexual offenses against a certain person. This GPS is an anklet that sets borders, then when tripped, set an alarm. I believe, that to further the potential of this technology in the current day, We must increase the surveillance of offenders gradually. To enforce a first-time restraining order, I believe that both the victim and the offender should have an application on their phones that checks the proximity between each other, and the aforementioned zones, and when dangerous, alerts the police station. If the offender is unaffected by this enforcement, I believe the anklet monitor should be implemented next, along with the victim using her phone to track her location. This solution offers minimal invasion of both parties at the beginning, and when dire, allows the victim to be comfortable with the safety they are provided. 

Below is the source I quoted, both the annotated version and the original.

Punishing the Punisher

There are 31 states where capital punishment is legal. The most common method of execution is lethal injections. Although so many of the states are in favor of capital punishment, only about 33% of people are in favor of it. The majority, 39% of people, believe that instead of the death penalty the criminal should simply spend life in prison without parole and have to pay restitution to the victims or the family. Many professionals agree as well, and one source states that, “According to a survey of the former and present presidents of the country‚Äôs top academic criminological societies, 88% of these experts rejected the notion that the death penalty acts as a deterrent to murder.”
This shows that people want to punish the criminal for their actions, however this is uneffective. By putting violent people in a place surrounded by more violent people we perpetuate the cycle that is violence. We are sending in people who are already in a bad state of mind, and after being in the prison system they leave in a worse state. Most of these people are repeat offenders and are in and out of the system. In order to create long lasting change we must leave behind capital punishment and punishing the criminal and instead focus on rehabilitation.
There are many other options that not only take criminals off the street but focus on rehabilitation. There are medical approaches, such as looking at violence as a health issue that can be treated and prevented. There are also methods that involve increasing gun control and focusing on early intervention in the lives of at risk people.