Probation officials welcome new sex offender monitoring devices


Filling a gap: A new device that will help the officials monitor the computers of sex offenders on probation sits on the desk of Probation Officer Mary Kay Dobbs. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

Chief Deputy Probation Officer Wayne Addison (at left with Probation OFficer Mary Kay Dobbs) said that up to now the department relied on the honor system to monitor the Web activities of sex offenders. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Hancock County sex offenders who surf the Web will soon find their online activity monitored by their probation officers.

Newly purchased software accompanied by devices that attach to sex offenders’ computers will allow the Hancock County Probation Department to access a list of every site visited and Web search made at any time while the offender is on probation.

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