Tuesday, October 17, 2006


According to figures released recently, over 1,000 violent crimes including killings, woundings and assaults have been committed in Britain by criminals released early from prisons wearing electronic tags. The system is obviously falling down badly. The theory behind electronic tagging is that releasing criminals early and tagging them is more cost effective than keeping them in custody, particularly with the present overcrowding crisis in many prisons. It may be ok to tag and put on curfew criminals who’ve committed minor offences but not serious and dangerous criminals.

Once again, as with everything, it comes down to money. It seems the government have a blatant disregard for public safety and they are more concerned about solving the prison overcrowding crisis. It’s time they got their act together. Spending money on creating more prisons is money well spent if it keeps murderers and violent offenders off our streets. Only then will the people of Britain be able to rest easy, safe in the knowledge that dangerous criminals are where they belong, behind bars and not in the heart of the community.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

ok speaking as an employee from a private security company who have a contract with the government to oversee electronic curfew orders - i have to disagree with your comments. First an offender who is eligable for early release under this scheme HDC (home detention curfew) must comply with a number of strict tests before they are even considered for early release - then this is put to the prison board who will have the final say - these offenders must be serving less than 4 years and MUST NOT have previous conviction for any violent/sexual offences. Therefore the number of offenders actually released is very low - and recent statistics confirm that approx 96% of these offenders sucessfully comlete their curfew with no breaches. Electronic monitoring is more cost effective than any custodial alternative however much more paramount is the fact it allows offenders to intergrate back into society- and most offenders are curfewed at their homes so offenders with families can maintain their commitments - both family and employment - as well as paying back their debt to society.