Possibility to implement electronic tagging for prisoners

The government has released a White Paper that will look at the possibility of implementing an electronic tagging system for prisoners.
When the conditions allow, this tagging system will be used as an alternative punishment.
“We’re coming here and making this proposal because we believe that it’s in favour of a just society, but especially of a safer society,” Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri said.
On Tuesday, Camilleri said that the electronic tagging option will be available in three scenarios: on the order of the court in minor offences, for prison leave purposes as determined by the Correctional Services Agency, or for parole decisions made by the Parole Board.
He added that the White Paper intends to achieve two goals: making it easier for offenders to reintegrate into society and providing peace of mind to victims of crime and the general public.
The electronic tagging system would also provide for leeway in court punishments, allowing the court to impose an alternative penalty where they serve a sentence outside of jail if they believe it is fair.
Part of the requirements for electronic tagging include the ability for those who are tagged to work or continue their education while still serving their sentence.
Electronic tagging, on the other hand, will not be enabled for the following crimes:
  • Domestic violence
  • Gender violence
  • Cases where the individual is registered under Article 3 of the Protection of Minors Act.
  • An order of maintenance issued by the court or a contract that has not been adhered to
  • An order for access to children by the court or a contract that has not been adhered to.
“Without doubt, a person should pay for their behaviour. But we don’t believe that they should lose out on opportunities,” Camilleri said.
Offences involving VAT, minor injuries, or driving unauthorised cars are all examples of crimes that might be susceptible to electronic tagging.
Stakeholders have until May 25th to submit their responses to the public consultation.

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