30 inmates selected for electronic monitoring

30 inmates selected for electronic monitoring

Thursday, February 23, 2017

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THIRTY inmates were selected to serve the remainder of their sentences outside of prisons while being monitored by an electronic system as part of the Ministry of National Security’s Electronic Tagging/Monitoring programme.


The inmates were selected after the Department of Correctional Services conducted a series of interviews.


The ministry said in a news release yesterday that the programme, which is a pilot that began on February 1, is for low-risk inmates.


The pilot is expected to last for three months with a full roll-out of the programme expected by the end of June 2017, the ministry said, subject to the Government’s procurement guidelines.


Earlier this year, Minister of National Security Robert Montague said the system would allow low-risk offenders to serve the remainder of their sentences within their communities, under the supervision of the Department of Correctional Services and with access to rehabilitation support.


At that time, Minister Montague had said the programme would be a "game changer" for the island’s correctional services.


The ministry said the Electronic Tagging/Monitoring System is part of the ongoing rehabilitation reform of the Department of Correctional Services and the drive to modernise the island’s security infrastructure, which is aimed at achieving sustainable reductions in the level of crime in Jamaica.


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