When Restraining Orders Don’t Work…

By David Schoetz

Mar 23, 2010 9:03am

…is GPS the answer? Last night, Vicki Mabrey and producer Claire Pedersen brought us the report below "The Stalkers," about the potential problems of restraining orders and how law enforcement is rethinking the ways they protect those threatened by domestic violence. The segment and extensive ABCNews.com report include the tragic stories of three women — Cindy Bischof (pictured below, with her boyfriend/killer), Tiana Notice, and Vernetta Cockerham — all of whom alerted law enforcement, as well as family and friends, of restraining order violations, but not enough was done before the stalking turned deadly. Now, police in 14 states, including my home state of Massachusetts, where Vicki did much of her reporting, have begun using GPS devices. Certain high-risk offenders are tracked around-the-clock, barred from certain "restriction zones." Something to think about.  

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