Monday, August 4, 2008

New Illinois Legislation Provides for GPS Tracking For Those Who Violate Orders of Protection

Today, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich signed into law legislation that will allow judges to require defendants charged with violating an order of protection to be fitted with a GPS monitoring device as a condition of their bail. This new law was named after Cindy Bischoff, an Arlington Heights real estate broker who was killed by her ex-boyfriend, outside of her office in Elmhurst. Her ex-boyfriend then killed himself. Her ex-boyfriend had twice been charged with violating orders of protection obtained by Bischoff. This new law will go into effect on January 1, 2009. The GPS technology will be able to alert victims and authorities when someone comes close to a place that they are banned from being at by the order of protection. The Illinois program is modeled after a similar program in Massachusetts which has been in place for a little more than a year.

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1 comment:

James G. Dimeas said...

Cook County is still working at implementing this legislation. While it's the law in Illinois the mechanism is still in the process of being set up.

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