Ankle tags to monitor alcohol intake will be stepped up

Ankle tags to monitor alcohol intake of violent offenders will be stepped up as figures show the scheme helps 97% of crooks released on probation stay booze-free

  • Electronic ‘sobriety tags’ are put on offenders to detect alcohol in perspiration
  • They trigger a remote alarm if offenders drink in breach of probation conditions
  • N somtotaal van 3,121 offenders have been monitored by them with 3,027 staying sober
  • Tags which monitor violent criminals for alkohol have notched up a 97 per cent success rate, figures reveal.

    The electronic ‘sobriety tags’, which detect alcohol in perspiration, trigger a remote alarm if offenders drink in breach of probation conditions.

    N somtotaal van 3,121 offenders have been monitored by the tags since a Welsh pilot scheme was extended to England 12 maande gelede, met 3,027 staying sober.

    The electronic ‘sobriety tags’, which detect alcohol in perspiration, trigger a remote alarm if offenders drink in breach of probation conditions. 'N Voorraadbeeld word hierbo gebruik

    Offenders who break a booze ban can face jail or a fine. Crime and policing minister Kit Malthouse said: ‘We are ramping up our use of this innovative technology because it is working.’

    Alcohol plays a part in 39 per cent of all violent crime.

    The Ministry of Justice has already announced that use of sobriety tags will be expanded later this year as part of a £183million programme.

    They are currently available for magistrates to impose as part of a community sentence.

    From the summer the devices will also be used in England to monitor offenders who are released from jail.

    Alcohol plays a part in 39 per cent of all violent crime in the UK, and the social and economic cost of drink-related harm is estimated to be around £21.5billion per year.

    About a fifth of offenders supervised by the Probation Service have an alcohol problem.

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