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Despite the barriers the software imposes on finding employment and maintaining financial security, Sam must pay out-of-pocket each month for the software. "Yes, $29 deducted from my credit card for the privilege of having my computer monitored." In persuading law enforcement agencies to purchase his company's services, KBSolutions president Jim Tanner explains how surveillance affects offenders: "Effective computer monitoring . Proper computer management is a tangible and daily reminder of the containment in an offender's life.
It enhances community safety simply by its presence." But some advocates argue that this psychological effect doesn't enhance community safety; it merely cripples the lives, opportunities and well-being of sex offenders.
With these monitoring practices, all privacy is eliminated; even mundane and legal computer activity becomes open to law enforcement scrutiny.
Fear of violating parole or probation could prevent people from seeking help or advice related to their offense, undercutting public safety.
Sam, a 50-year-old registered sex offender convicted of possessing magazines with child pornography, spent two years in jail after being arrested in 2008.