Street racers to be electronically tagged

Some young street racers are to be kept at home away from trouble through the use of electronic tags starting this November.

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Juvenile street racers like these who were caught in Nakhon Ratchasima last year may be allowed to serve their punishment at home after electronic tags are introduced. PRASIT TANGPRASERT

Street racers to be electronically tagged from November

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The use of electronic monitoring tags to keep track of offenders serving home detention will begin in November, and young daredevils on motorcycles roaming the streets and causing trouble are the first target.

The timetable was unveiled by Justice Minister Chaikasem Nitisiri on Wednesday. The scheme will later be expanded to other prison inmates if the trial on rascally dek waen proves successful.

Electronic monitoring tags fitted to offenders enable authorities to track their position through use of GPS technology and location verification units.

It is part of a plan to ease the massive overcrowding in prisons and juvenile homes across the country, and release selected inmates into home detention.

There are about 270,000 inmates in prisons across the country and the Corrections Department says the figure is rising by 3,000 a month and will easily surpass 300,000 next year. About 70% of the inmates are serving sentences for drug offences.

The Corrections Department has 188 prisons in Bangkok and the provinces with a capacity to accommodate only 211,000 inmates. The Juvenile Observation and Protection Department administers 78 youth detention centres. The number of the youths in the homes is unclear.

Mr Chaikasem said the tags would be ready for use by mid-November by the Juvenile Observation and Protection Department. They would be fitted to apprehended motorcycle street racers, youths who continually break traffic laws. If it proves successful, the scheme could be extended to another 6,000 prisoners held by the Corrections Department next year.

About 200 street racers were expected to "bene fit" from the pilot scheme, he added.

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