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Drop in Electronic Tags for Prisoners

Published måndag 8 september 2008 kl 12.23

The number of prisoners in Sweden who serve the end of their sentences at home with an electronic tag has gone down.

Despite a two-fold increase in the number of tags issued after changes in the law by the Swedish government in January last year, news agency TT report that fewer electronic tags are being given out today after the Swedish correctional system, Kriminalvården, increased its focus on security.

The investigation by the National Council for Crime Prevention, or BRÅ, reveals a reason for the drop is that strict rules concerning who is judged to be at a low risk of re-offending has meant that fewer have been issued.

Electronic tagging has been in use in this country since 1994 with the idea that it causes fewer prisoners to relapse into criminal behaviour after their release.

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