Some PA Residents Call for Lifetime GPS Monitoring of Megans Law Offenders

Petition calls for life in prison for any offender not able to maintain GPS tracking device in working condition

Daniel Moore, age 58, missing registered sex offender

PENNSYLVANIA – A missing Megan’s Law offender in Brockway has residents outraged, and some are calling for drastic measures.

A petition, which has garnered nearly 250 signatures so far, calls for harsher Megans Law penalties and restrictions, such as lifetime GPS monitoring for offenders, exclusion from participating in Halloween, restrictions from public libraries and requirements to post signs on their front doors indicating they are registered sex offenders.

The petition released on SignOn.org says recent updates to Pennsylvania’s Megan Law statute are “to[o] easy on these people in Pennsylvania.”

The author of the article states, “We need tougher laws like other states have. I have incorporated laws from Texas, California and Tennessee into this proposal. No longer should… Pennsylvania be a sanctuary for these type[s of] offenders[.]”

The petition aims to require all convicted sex offenders to wear GPS monitoring devices at their own expense. It also states that any offender who cannot afford the cost of GPS monitoring should be “arrested and jailed for no less than 6 months.”

An even bolder statement, likely to draw much criticism, calls for lifetime imprisonment for anyone who cannot maintain the GPS tracking device. “Any offender who fails to maintain the monitor in working condition will be guilty of a felony and if convicted would be sentenced to a term of their natural life without possibility of parole.”

The petition was sparked after the recent disappearance of 58-year-old Daniel Moore from the Just for Jesus shelter in Brockway.

The petition’s author has currently set a goal of 300 signatures and aims to send the petition to the PA House, the PA Senate and Governor Tom Corbett.

 


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