GPS Sex Offenders

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

State officials say a new law requiring GPS monitoring of some offenders should go into effect on schedule.

The Jessica Lunsford Act calls for Global Positioning System satellite monitoring of some sex criminals. It's scheduled to go into effect Sept. 1. But the disagreement over the requirements of the monitoring system spelled out in the bid request threatened to delay it.

The protest is over, and now the Department of Corrections will begin accepting bids August first.

The protesting company, known as STOP, had complained about last minute changes in specifications for the monitoring system the state is seeking to buy. The company plans to eventually award two contracts, one for the northern half of the state and one for the southern half.

Nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford was kidnapped from her Homosassa bedroom in February and held captive in a nearby mobile home before she was killed, allegedly by a sex offender.

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