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* California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has begun using GPS technology to keep track of paroled gang members in Richmond

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The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has begun using GPS technology to keep track of paroled gang members in Richmond.State parole agents, working with Richmond police, fitted 17 paroled gang members with GPS ankle monitors on Monday, said Fredrick Bridgewater, supervisor of the department’s parole GPS unit.Agents expect to fit three more parolees with anklets in the next few days, bringing the total to 20 parolees in Richmond whose movements will now be monitored with the technology, Bridgewater said.Parole agents will now be able to more effectively prevent parolees from entering certain areas of the city where gang members tend to congregate; the GPS technology will enable police and parole agents to better enforce those boundaries.Richmond is the third Bay Area city in which the corrections department has begun using GPS monitors to track the movements of convicted gang members, Bridgewater said. Oakland and Fairfield have similar programs in place.

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