Truants can be required to wear GPS devices

Posted: November 3, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Moorbey'z Blog

By Bob Egelko

November 1, 2013

Youths who are repeatedly truant from school can be required to wear a GPS ankle bracelet to make sure they come to class and obey court-imposed curfews, a state appeals court has ruled.

The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco ruled Wednesday in the case of a 14-year-old Oakland girl who admitted in March 2011 that she had been habitually truant, defined as skipping at least four days in a school year or persistently refusing to obey attendance orders.

After continuing to miss class and violating a court-ordered 6 p.m. curfew, the girl was outfitted with a Global Positioning System monitor in June 2011 and ordered to stay home when she wasn’t in school. Her attendance remained spotty, and after leaving home for 2 1/2 hours one night in December 2011, she was held in Juvenile Hall for nearly…

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