Solution for remand prisoners

2013-05-31 10:38
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Cape Town - Prisoners awaiting trial could be safely released and monitored by the use of electronic tags, the Cape Times reported on Friday.

The National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (Nicro) reportedly proposed this option as part of its Remand Revolution System.

Nicro's Glen Jordan told the newspaper that the system could help combat overcrowding in prisons by keeping tabs on "low-risk" awaiting trial suspects who had been released until their trial dates.

"We have an over-arching problem with overcrowding in prisons. We can use technology to solve it," he was quoted as saying.

According to the report, the bracelets had a small battery that lasted 12 months. It would cost about R4 000 a month to electronically tag a suspect, half the R9 000 it cost to keep a detainee in prison for a month.

It would use cellphone and satellite technology to send a constant signal to a command centre to show a person's whereabouts.

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