Criminals With Alcohol Problems Could Be Handed 'Sobriety Tags' To Detect If They Drink
People who have committed crimes under the influence of alcohol could be given 'sobriety tags' to ensure that flag up if they have a drink.
The plans have come from Justice Secretary Robert Buckland and will target those who commit crimes such as drink driving.
According to the MailOnline, judges sitting in court will be able to make offenders wear the US-style tags in an effort to tackle booze-fuelled crime.
It is thought that devices can detect alcohol in the wearer's sweat meaning that offenders drinking again could face jail time.
The Sun reports that these tags, which are locked to an offender's ankle, will contain three sensors. One will sample skin perspiration every 30 minutes, the other two will be an anti-circumvention detectors that confirm proximity to the skin and skin temperature.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson piloted the idea when he was Mayor of London and with a 92 percent compliance rate it was deemed a success but was never rolled out nationwide.
The plans were unveiled along with other promises, one being to end 'soft sentences' which, in turn, should 'increase public confidence'.
Mr Buckland hopes to lock people up that have committed serious sexual or violent offences for longer - meaning they could be required to serve at least two thirds of their sentence.
He told the MailOnline: "What I'm doing is about increasing public confidence in the administration of prison sentences.
"As far as I'm concerned the judges are doing their job. It's now time for the Government to its job in order to protect the public more effectively.
"Keeping the most dangerous violent and sexual offenders in prison for longer means they won't be out on the streets with the opportunity to commit crime.
"We owe it to victims to make this change. Punishment and rehabilitation are not opposites. We have to do both. Conservatives believe in offering a second chance to those who are ready to change. Prisons simply cannot be giant academies of crime."
The changes will apparently affect an undefined strata of offenders who commit serious offences but who are not, by definition, "the most dangerous".
But I appreciate that that's not quite as sexy a headline.
- The Secret Barrister (@BarristerSecret) October 1, 2019
His plan has been questioned by people who say that the 'most dangerous' offenders already receive life sentences or extended jail time.
Another said: "Isn't it a *bit* unethical to repackage an existing measure as something new in order to appeal to a part of the electorate that has forgotten/didn't understand/wasn't listening properly the first time?"
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