Senator Kennedy, Family of Jackie Wisniewski Push for Jackie's Law
'Jackie's Law' Passes State Senate, Heads to Governor
(WBEN) -- The state senate passes a bill to make stalking via a GPS tracking device a crime.
It's inspired by a local woman, Jackie Wisniewski, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend two years ago.
Leading up to the murder, Dr. Tim Jorden harassed and stalked Wisniewski, placing a GPS tracking device on her car. She reported it to police, but at the time, it was not a crime.
Her surviving family says bills like this will provide support and safety to victims of domestic violence because that kind of behavior can lead to something more tragic.
“Under Jackie’s Law, police agencies and prosecutors will have the power to intervene in domestic violence cases before it’s too late,” said Senator Tim Kennedy in a statement. “When Jackie’s life was tragically taken from her, it shook our entire community, and I can’t imagine the sadness and pain her family has gone through. Jackie Wisniewski endured constant harassment and suffering which was amplified after her abuser installed a GPS tracking device to monitor her every movement. It’s appalling that this action alone is not illegal. We must ensure state law catches up with technology by passing Jackie’s Law. Anyone who uses a GPS tracking device to stalk their victim belongs locked up behind bars. Survivors of domestic violence are in dire need of this protection. Once this bill becomes law, it will save lives.”
The law now heads to the governor's desk for signature.