Okla. Bill to Implant Microchips in Inmates Sent Back to Committee
The season finale of "24" included the implanting of a microchip in a teenager to track his whereabouts. I remember one other episode where the same thing was done.
Looks like some legislators in Oklahoma had the same idea:
Legislation that would authorize microchip implants in people convicted of violent crimes was sent back to a committee yesterday. This after state House members questioned whether the proposal would violate constitutional civil liberties.
The measure, approved by the Senate, authorizes microchip implants for persons convicted of one or more of 19 violent offenses who have to serve at least 85 percent of their sentence. (my emphasis)
The tiny electronic implants are commonly used to keep track of pets and livestock, but several House members questioned whether their forced use in people would be unconstitutionally invasive.
The measure passed the Senate? Is this an aberration? Sentencing Law and Policy thinks it may be the trend of the future.
I've been appalled at GPS monitoring of my clients. I've fought it unsuccessfully when it was imposed as a bond condition in a stalking case. But a microchip? I'd take it to the Supreme Court. And little good that will do if we get more Bush-nominated right wing judges on the Court.
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