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Concerns raised over reliability of state's GPS monitoring of offenders

9:39 AM, Mar. 25, 2013
Aaron Hicks sits on the steps near his Madison apartment shortly after release from a 51-day jail stay. From January 2011 to November 2012, Hicks was arrested at least 12 times for parole violations related to his GPS monitor, spending 74 days in custody.
Aaron Hicks sits on the steps near his Madison apartment shortly after release from a 51-day jail stay. From January 2011 to November 2012, Hicks was arrested at least 12 times for parole violations related to his GPS monitor, spending 74 days in custody.
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James Morgan and Aaron Hicks were convicted of violent sex crimes and served many years in prison.

Now they are on parole, living in Madison neighborhoods, attending treatment groups and wearing Global Positioning System (GPS) ankle monitors - tracking that, under Wisconsin law, will continue for the rest of their lives.

But Morgan, Hicks and 11 other offenders interviewed for this report say that Wisconsin's GPS tracking system repeatedly fails, registering false alerts and landing the offenders in jail although they have done nothing wrong. ...

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