Ex-Prisoners in England to wear electronic tag for 12 months to prevent re-offending
London, March 17, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Burglars, robbers, and thieves who have served a sentence of a year or more will have to wear a fitted tag upon their release for at least 12 months in the UK.
The tag will allow the authorities to monitor the whereabouts of ex-prisoners 24 hours a day.
Minister for Crime and Policing Kit Malthouse MP said that the tagging of prolific offenders should be a “powerful” persuasion to change their ways.
Authorities hope the new approach will reduce the estimated £4.8 billion yearly burden such crimes place on the taxpayer.
The Ministry of Justice reported that police will be able to work with HM Prison and Probation Service staff to investigate whether former prisoners had been spotted near the locations of recent burglaries, thefts, and robberies
More than half of those convicted of burglary and theft go on to re-offend within a year of release.— Ministry of Justice (@MoJGovUK) March 17, 2021
For the first time, these offenders will be fitted with GPS tags on release from prison, aiming to protect the public from further burglaries and thefts.https://t.co/emgUGn49UL
Opposition to the use of electronic tags on former prisoners backs the notion that they are in need of rehabilitation as opposed to being tracked by authorities.
Offenders need support before they are incarcerated to address mental health and substance abuse, etc. Prison sentences rarely work, and recidivism occurs because people have inadequate support in prison and on the street.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the level of crime in England and Wales, with numbers going up and down in the year ending September 2020.
The tagging system has been used in Wales via a scheme involving sobriety tags to tackle alcohol-fuelled crime.