Governor Signs ‘Jackie’s Law’ to Help Victims of GPS Stalking and Domestic Violence
ALBANY, N.Y. — Governor Andrew Cuomo signed “Jackie’s Law” on Wednesday, designed to help victims of domestic violence escape their abusers.
Under Jackie’s Law, police in New York state can now charge those who use GPS tracking to stalk their victims without requiring the victims to press charges.
The law is a final victory for Jackie Wisniewski’s friends and family. Wisniewski was murdered at Erie County Medical Center in 2012 by her former boyfriend, Timothy Jorden.
Jorden had previously installed a GPS device on her car to track her movements. Though Jackie discovered the device a few months before she was killed, state law did not provide for criminal charges to be filed against Jorden.