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When Monitoring Bracelets Fail

From Syracuse comes a horrific story involving suspect David J. Renz,a man who had previously been convicted of possession of child pornography and was apparently released back into the community with what has become the ubiquitous electronic monitoring bracelet.  That safeguard did nothing for Lori Bresnahan and her 10 year-old daughter: 

Authorities say they have a suspect in custody in the death of a woman who was attacked in front of a 10-year-old girl who was with her during a carjacking and kidnapping Thursday night at Great Northern Mall in Clay.

Police say the suspect kidnapped the victims, raped the girl, and stabbed the woman [to death]. Police say there is no indication he knew the victims.

New York State Police Captain Mark Lincoln spoke to reporters at a news conference Friday morning at State Police barracks in North Syracuse


A spokesperson at Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney John Duncan's office tells CNY Central that Renz removed a monitoring bracelet that he was required to wear prior to the attack. Renz was previously charged possessing child porn and was released from custody in January.


According to court papers, Renz was previously charged for possessing more than 100 gigabytes worth of child porn on an encrypted hard drive that contained more than 500 videos and more than 3,000 images.

New York has no death penalty, but apparently prison is worse than death.  


Steve --

A great but horrifying post. I wonder how many of our "bracelets-will-work-just-fine" friends will step up and take responsibility for the savage results of their "a-little-extra-crime-won't-hurt" complacency.

My guess is the usual number: zero.

Two points emerge from this detestable crime.

The public is lulled into a false sense of security when alternatives to incarceration such as an electronic monitoring bracelet is employed. These devices can be easily discarded and it is often days not minutes before authorities respond.
The second point deals with the difficulty of assessing who may be a danger to the community. This offender was apparently released on federal pre-trial release supervision after his arrest for possession of child pornography.He was a high school graduate who I would presume had little or no prior record.

The tragic results of this crime will not stop the smart on crime crowd from patronizing the public into believing that-like Carnac the Magnificent- they know which offenders are "non-violent" and can safely be released into the community.


Great points, and worth remembering when the discussion turns to replacing prison with "community supercvision."

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