While the motion to have GPS tracking devices injected into prolific offenders was unanimously passed by the City of Williams Lake, not everyone is on board with the idea.
Micheal Vonn of the BCLA says the idea is a non-starter.
She says while there are certain situations for keeping people away from certain areas, the idea of injecting a GPS device is unheard of.
Vonn says she hears the frustration from which the proposal comes from, but says that frustration needs to be channeled into policies that will have a positive impact.
She adds there may be very limited cases in which a tracking device could be used, but it’s a direction that she hopes Canadian law doesn’t go towards.
Vonn also says it’s very important to make the distinction the proposal is track “pre-crime” and people who have a prevalence to commit crimes, versus those who have been convicted and under conditions.
She says even in the limited circumstances a GPS tracking device could be used, it would still be very hard to argue for the proportionality of the constant tracking in terms of public safety.