Tagging to ease prison overcrowding
The use of electronic "tagging" bracelets will allow the release of selected prisoners and help end the problem of overcrowding of prisons, a senior corrections official said on Tuesday.
- Published: 26/03/2013 at 12:23 PM
- Newspaper section: news
Bang Kwang Central Prison (Photo by Patipat Janthong)
"I think we will have the system in place very soon," said Kobkiat Kasiwiwat, deputy director general of the Corrections Department.
The programme would target prisoners near the end of serving their sentences, or those suffering from chronic or contagious diseases. They would be fitted with bracelets containing microchips to allow authorities to monitor their movements 24 hours a day, he said.
Inmates selected for the programme would be prohibited from leaving the country, and confined to their homes at night.
The Corrections Department would soon call for bids from the private sector to provide the wrist bracelets, department officials said.
As of March 1, the country's 143 lock-ups housed 262,077 prisoners. The number of inmates at most prisons are double or triple the capacity they were built for, authorities said.
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