Los Angeles County probation deputies have been plagued with problems monitoring the GPS tracking devices on felons.
A story in The Times revealed deputies receive around 20,000 trivial alerts a month from the GPS systems making it harder to keep track of the alerts that matter, such as an offender ready to flee. In 2013, the department lost track of 80 felons.
The department is beefing up policies and training to better equip employees for handling the alerts. The probation department is also redefining prohibited areas and customizing them for each offender to eliminate mundane alerts–a goal they hope to meet by spring.