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Electronic Tagging Saves Millions

Publicerat onsdag 12 mars 2008 kl 10.15

The Swedish Prison and Probation Service have saved up to 160 million dollars by releasing prisoners from jail with electronic tags.

According to a report published by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, in the previous 11 years some 40,000 offenders had an electronic tag, usually worn around the ankles. A mere 15 percent of tagged offenders recommit, which is only half the number of those who are not given the devices.

Although these criminals are monitored and effectively kept under a form of house arrest, they are allowed to work outside of their homes, or participate in other activities during the day. In the evening, they are obliged to stay at home and forbidden from drinking alcohol.

Offenders are monitored closely through home visits by correctional officers. The scheme is currently only in use among released prisoners who have both a home and a job.

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