Citing a recent case in Newton where a convicted sex offender failed to appropriately register his whereabouts with local law enforcement, Assemblywoman McHose has proposed legislation to make permanent a state pilot program to track repeat sex offenders by fitting them with a global positioning system (GPS) bracelet. Thanks to the GPS tracking system, the sex offender in Newton was found and arrested by police.
Alison is also sponsor of a bill which prohibits sex offenders from residing in areas frequented by children, such as schools, playgrounds and child care centers. The measure also increases the penalties for committing sex crimes against children. "These efforts are intended to provide a greater level of comfort and security to the community at large," said McHose. "Children are very vulnerable and parents should always feel that their children are as safe as possible.