LANSING, MI (MPRN)-- A technology upgrade that’s supposed to help consumers threatens to shut down the system for keeping track of felons and sex offenders who’ve been released from prison.
Electronic tethers that keep track of offenders could go dark at the end of the year.
The state Corrections Department keeps track of 4,600 offenders using electronic tethers.
Chris Gautz is with the department. He says the tethers are attached to Verizon’s 3-G network that’s supposed to go dark at the end of the year, to be replaced by the 4-G network.