NEARLY half of all serious sex offenders released from prison and fitted with electronic anklets monitoring their every move have breached conditions of their release and been returned to jail.Some of them – pedophiles and rapists deemed at risk of offending again – have since been in and out of prison repeatedly, when breaching their conditions a second and third time.Five men were caught violating the supervision orders imposed by the Supreme Court in the past three months. Those who have breached conditions include Alexandria George Brookes – the man the Queensland pedophile Dennis Ferguson tried to track down via Centrelink – and Raymond Barry Cornwall.Cornwall was first sent back to prison for nine months after removing his anklet within an hour of his release in December 2007. Last week he was sentenced to another 20 months’ imprisonment after being found to have consumed alcohol, another breach of court-imposed conditions.Other common breaches happened when pedophiles went near a school, childcare centre, shopping centre or park which was part of an exclusion zone and disregarded warnings to turn back. Brookes was sentenced to at least eight months in prison after being near a childcare centre on a Sunday.The sex offenders, chosen by the Corrective Services Commissioner, Ron Woodham, are dealt with under a law put in place in 2006 which allows serious sex offenders to be detained or placed under supervision.The Supreme Court has granted supervision orders for 22 men; 10 of them have been accused of 26 breaches of conditions and nine have been given prison sentences for the breaches.The Corrective Services Minister, John Robertson, said the high level of breaches showed the Government was serious about ensuring convicted rapists and pedophiles did not have the opportunity to reoffend. ”The monitoring is extremely tough but necessary when dealing with serious sex offenders,” he said.The child assault campaigner Hetty Johnston said the figures showed the men had no respect for the law – which was designed to prevent them being in situation where they could reoffend – and were not committed to their rehabilitation.”For me it sends a flag up the pole that says this person is not safe to be in the community, this person should go straight back to jail.”At the moment, 17 serious sex offenders are at liberty under supervision. Two others remain in prison under continuing detention orders, deemed too dangerous to be released, even under supervision.Once on supervision, the men are fitted with electronic anklets with a GPS tracker and monitored around the clock. They can also be tested for drugs at any time.People on home detention and some parolees are also monitored but their systems do not include GPS trackers.The anklet for sex offenders, and a handset the size of an old-fashioned mobile phone, connect to a central monitoring room in a small office in Blacktown, staffed 24 hours a day.The men are allowed to live only in court-approved accommodation , which often includes halfway homes and units rented from the Department of Housing. While at home, they are monitored by phone calls every half hour.If they want to go out, they have to lodge detailed schedules two weeks in advance.Officers employed by the Corrective Services community compliance group (CCG) verify and approve the schedules. When the men go out, police are notified and CCG officers monitor the men’s movements on a computer screen, comparing them to the schedules.Sometimes surveillance teams will follow them to ensure they do not drink, talk to children or otherwise breach their conditions.If they enter a forbidden area, or tamper with their anklet, an alarm sounds in the Blacktown office and on the handset. Officers will try to contact the wearer and order them to leave.On officer, who did not wish to be named, said that unless a breach was considered accidental they would lay charges.”If you see deviancy, if you see manipulation, if you see they are trying to cover up stuff, it’s obvious that you can breach them straight away.”
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