1 in 4 GPS trackers of LA County crooks faulty

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Updated: 12/29/2013 4:35 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state audit shows that one in four GPS devices used to track criminals released in Los Angeles County doesn't work properly, allowing dangerous felons to sometimes roam freely for weeks.

The Probation Department audit obtained by a public records request from the Los Angeles Times says problems with the devices included defective electronics that generated false alarms and batteries that wouldn't hold a charge.

Probation Department Deputy Chief Reaver Bingham called such faulty technology "a recipe for disaster."

Sentinel Offender Services, a contractor that provides the devices, says most problems were caused by untrained probation officers and felons who violated instructions.

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