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Calif. ups monitoring of sex offenders

SACRAMENTO, March 20 (UPI) -- California has increased monitoring of released sex offenders following the discovery of the Jaycee Dugard kidnapping and the killing of Chelsea King.

Under the new regulations, low-level offenders must be tracked at least four days a month. High-risk offenders are now tracked daily, but the number of home visits is going up from the one now required every month to two, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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About 5,000 low-level offenders and 2,000 high-risk ones are now living in California, required to wear ankle bracelets equipped for GPS tracking.

Dugard, now 29, was kidnapped in 1991 near her home in South Lake Tahoe. She surfaced last year after living for 18 years on the property of her accused kidnappers, Phillip and Nancy Garrido, in Antioch in the San Francisco area.

Phillip Garrido was a convicted sex offender, and critics say his parole officers could have learned much sooner that he was holding Dugard, who had two children by him.

King, 17, was allegedly kidnapped and killed by John Albert Gardner III, who was paroled after five years in prison. Gardner, convicted of molesting a 13-year-old girl, was found to have violated parole in 2007 but was allowed to remain free.

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