Anguilla considers electronic monitoring of criminals

THE VALLEY, Anguilla, Monday December 12, 2011 – A voluntary electronic tagging system could be introduced here early next year to monitor inmates who have been released early from Her Majesty’s Prison.

Governor Alistair Harrison said the system, which has been successfully applied in the United Kingdom and several British Overseas Territories, would reduce prison overcrowding and save cost.

He said any tampering would send off a signal to a central monitoring system that would then trace the offender who will be restrained.

Prison Consultant Vince Walker estimated that use of the electronic monitoring tags could save the country up to six times the cost of keeping an offender in prison.

The governor said once it has been proven to work satisfactorily, steps would be taken to have the system introduced in 2012.

He was among local officials who agreed to wear the tags for 48 hours to test its effectiveness.

Several months ago, representatives of Anguilla, Turks & Caicos, and the British Virgin Islands visited the Cayman Islands as part of a fact-finding mission to assess the system’s capability.

Pilot programmes were expected to be rolled out in the territories soon after. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)