Part I: Celebration in the sheriff’s office

Joseph Park

Joseph Park won a landmark Georgia Supreme Court ruling in 2019 that has led to the removal of ankle monitors for him and hundreds of other convicted sex predators in the state. (Credit: Beau Evans for State Affairs)

Aug 13, 2021
Key Points
  • 600 sex predators off ankle monitors across Georgia by year’s end.
  • No legal fix from state lawmakers nearly two years later.
  • Police rely on registrations and house checks for predators.
Joseph Park will never forget the round of applause he received on the day he went to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office to have his ankle monitor removed. He flashed a smile at the crowd in the sheriff’s office. Like Park, these were convicted sex offenders about to be freed from their tracking devices. And Park was ...