Ankle bracelets don’t work in hell, either

What exactly do you have to do get put into jail for being a bona fide sex offender in Washington State?

When 13-year-old Alycia Nipp didn’t come home from a trip to Wal-Mart, her family had no idea where she was, but a tracking device was transmitting the location of her alleged killer. . . .

Darrin Sanford, 30, was one of several homeless people living near the field in an abandoned home slated for demolition, police said.

He was convicted in 1998 of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and luring minors with sexual motivation; he was sentenced to probation, said a Clark County sheriff’s report. When he was released from jail in January, following a November probation violation, Sanford was fitted with a global positioning tracking unit on his ankle, according to the Washington Department of Corrections. . . .

Sanford was wearing the device seven weeks later when he tried to rape Licy before beating and stabbing her in a field a couple of blocks from the street where she lived, according to police.

Great work, Washington justice system. Maybe when he’s out next year you can give him two ankle bracelets. No, I’m not being fair:

Sanford violated his probation three times between November 2006 and November 2008, the DOC said. When he was released in January, he was required to check in daily with a probation officer, which he did the day before Licy’s murder and the day after her body was found.

(The day before.)

“Hey, Sanford, you gonna kill any teenage girls tomorrow?”

“No, no, I’m good. I mean, not unless they laugh at me.”

“Well, don’t try nothing funny, Sanford. See you tomorrow.”

(Two days later.)

“Hey, Sanford, missed you yesterday. You kill anybody? Your ankle bracelet looks okay.”

“Yeah, well, look, I was here the day before yesterday — what was I going to do, kill someone in between then and today? Gimme a break!”

“Yeah, right, what was I thinking. But don’t skip tomorrow, Sanford!”

It’s an awful story, and part of it is about a kid who wasn’t nearly scared enough of places and people she should have been scared of.

I don’t think that will be a problem in Clark County for a while.

Originally posted on Likelihood of Success, Ron Coleman’s pretty good blog.

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