Caribbean states consider electronic monitoring for criminals
The Turks & Caicos Islands, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, and Virgin Islands are considering introducing the devices in a pilot programme.
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Wednesday October 5, 2011 – The Turks & Caicos Islands, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, and Virgin Islands are considering the use of electronic monitoring devices to increase supervision of low-risk criminal offenders.
Representatives of the four states were in the Cayman Islands last week to get first-hand knowledge of how the system works.
Officials in Grand Cayman said the magistrate, police sergeant, prison chief, and chief probation officer were fitted with the devices for 24 hours to assessment the system’s capability.
This was part of a three- day fact-finding mission sponsored by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, FCO.
“This visit to Grand Cayman was an excellent opportunity for officials from other Overseas Territories to look at the Cayman experience of setting up an offender electronic monitoring system,” said FCO Prison Reform Coordinator for the Overseas Territories, Steve Fradley, who helped coordinate the visit.
"All those who came to Cayman have been extremely impressed with everything they have seen and the visit has served to improve links and working relationships between the various agencies in the criminal justice field. Pilot projects on electronic monitoring will now take place in various territories over the next few months.”
The electronic monitoring system on the Grand Cayman is run jointly by the Department of Public Safety's Electronic Monitoring Centre and The Security Centre Ltd.
The visitors were provided with two devices for each island to use in pilot projects.