The North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled that tracking sex offenders for indefinite time periods via GPS ankle monitors amounts to an unreasonable search and is a violation of the Fourth Amendment.


“A 2015 United States Supreme Court ruling in Grady v. North Carolina considered the question of whether or not wearing a GPS monitor constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

“The court unanimously held that when the government puts a satellite-based monitoring ankle on a citizen, that’s a search,” NARSOL spokesperson Robin Vanderwall said. “Since then it’s been a question of at what point is that search unreasonable, because that’s the touchstone of the Fourth Amendment, is reasonableness.”

The Griffin v. North Carolina  decision filed Tuesday by the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that law enforcement can’t force offenders to wear tracking devices for decades.”

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