The Gist

Quietly over the last two-and-a-half years, Georgia has released hundreds of the state’s most dangerous sex predators from their ankle monitors despite court officials giving state lawmakers a roadmap in 2019 for how to fix the issue.

So far, nothing’s changed.

What’s Happening

Nearly 670 of Georgia’s riskiest sex predators have had their ankle monitors removed since 2019, when the Georgia Supreme Court ruled the state’s system for requiring lifetime GPS monitoring was unconstitutional.

That’s roughly half of Georgia’s so-called “sexually dangerous predators,” according to the state Sexual Offender Registration Review Board (SORRB).

These are offenders with multiple convictions for felony sex crimes – such as rape, child molestation and possessing child pornography – and who SORRB has found at risk for committing another crime once released from prison.

“We’re not talking about the one-offense people here,” said Tracy Alvord, SORRB’s executive director. “We’re talking about predators.”

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