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State Expanding Sex Offender GPS Tracking

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- For the first time, the Washington State Department of Corrections is releasing how many Tri-City sex offenders are enrolled in the state's new GPS tracking program along with plans to expand the new program.

That tracking is aimed at some of the state's most dangerous sex offenders, and Tuesday we learned four of them are being tracked here in the Tri-Cities.

It's the first time the Department of Corrections has released information on offenders in specific areas.  

Those offenders are wearing those bracelets so the state knows where they are at all times and can confirm that they're abiding by their release terms and finding jobs and staying out of certain situations that could make them more likely to reoffend.

"You can get the addresses to where they've been, they're bringing in applications so fun us that was the one that we've done.   So these are kind of thing that you can look at and you can definitely track on there," said Michelle Ballard, who helps run the program in Kennewick. 

Ballard also now says they'll soon begin expanding the tracking program to include Level-2 offenders also.  

This all comes just weeks after the DOC head ordered victims be immediately notified if their offender cuts off the bracelet.

Two offenders so far have found themselves back in the news after removing their trackers.

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