July 10, 2013
For Immediate Release
HOW DOES AN ANKLE BRACELET PREVENT RAPE? IT DOESN’T.
Supervisor Antonovich Dismisses Contention that Rapist Will Be Unlikely To Re-Offend
LOS ANGELES COUNTY — Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich called the contention by Coalinga State Hospital Medical Director, psychologist and attorney that serial rapist Christopher Evans Hubbert was unlikely to re-offend upon release from prison and is not a public safety risk based on the fact that his client will have to wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, stupid.
“How does an ankle bracelet prevent rape? It doesn’t,” he said. “It doesn’t incapacitate them or prevent one from committing crimes.”
According to a recent Los Angeles Times story on the failure of ankle bracelets, “Officials found that batteries died early, cases cracked and reported locations were off by as much as three miles. They also found that tampering alerts failed and offenders were able to disappear by covering the devices with foil, deploying illegal GPS jammers or ducking into cars or buildings.”
“Adding another serial rapist to our streets on top of the thousands of felons the state has already dumped on our counties’ probation departments and our overcrowded county jails is a recipe for disaster,” Antonovich added.
43,000 prisoners are now serving time in local jails instead of state prisons, of which 14,337 were sentenced to Los Angeles County jails. Some are serving 8 to 40 year sentences. Of the 16,162 state parolees dumped in Los Angeles County for supervision, there have been 17,082 new arrests.
# # #