Electronic tagging is essential for monitoring extreme repeat offenders given the shortage of prison capacity, so why not use it?

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Electronic tagging is essential for monitoring extreme repeat offenders given the shortage of prison capacity, so why not use it?

See https://www.economist.com/technology-quarterly/2018-06-02 Scroll down to article "Home, home within range".

Frequent media reports* of extreme repeat offenders who are not sentenced to long prison sentences could be taken as proof that prison capacity is very scarce. This scarcity is down to the very high cost of imprisonment per prisoner thanks to very high pay, pensions and benefits of prison staff which presumably are linked to the very high pay of the Garda Siochana.

Given this scarcity, the justice system should be relying heavily on electronic tagging at least for extreme repeat offenders. However, an Examiner report suggested that technical problems encountered in a tagging system supplied by a Northern Ireland company discouraged its widespread implementation. Given that electronic tagging is a very advanced technology, it is surprising that a major international company wasn't chosen as supplier.

Some key points in The Economist article were:
[]Gainfully employed people can continue to work while tagged with a rubber anklet carrying a radio frequency transmitter and GPS tracker
[]Tagging costs 15% of the cost of imprisonment
[]Just 17% of Swedes sentenced to tagging reoffend compared to half of those who serve six months or less in prison, while in Argentina reoffending halved with tagging
[]27 countries in Europe use tagging

*http://www.politics.ie/forum/justice/223807-why-justice-system-so-lenient.html
 


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There's a less enthusiastic piece in the Irish Times - Pros and cons of electronic tagging of sex offenders

There's plainly a place for Tagging; but only in some situations, and when it's properly resourced.
A quote from The Irish times link:
"In Sweden, electronic monitoring is implemented alongside intensive supervision by the probation service and there is some evidence to suggest that this can support more successful reintegration." On the contrary, the statistical evidence quoted in the OP is quite strong and the costs are very cheap compared to prisons.

Successful integration is all very well but what Ireland needs urgently is to tag serial criminals. It is scandalous that prolific repeat offenders are allowed to go about freely with little or no checks on their behaviour other than informal checks by local gardai. The deterrent effect of the latter is unknown.
 
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Lawless ireland.
 

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Blaming prison officers for lack of prison spaces is a new one.
Average pay of all ranks in the Garda Siochana was 68,000 euros a year a few years ago while pension entitlements accumulate at about 40,000 euros a year, for a total of 108,000. Prison guard pay is likely to be strongly influenced by pay relativity with gardai. If instead their pay reflected the average industrial wage of about 35,000 a year, a lot more prison guards could be hired for the same money in the labour intensive prison service.
 
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What!?

The sweet smell of shafting. Ireland, a great little country to do business in. No sooner do you shear the fúkkers, but the wool grows back immediately, and the collective amnesia dulls any and all outcry.
As Mayor Koch used to say, "New Yorkers will put up with anything". They must have got that habit from the big Irish American community.
 

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Sure. Properly resource it. It’s just a much better cost option for low risk prisoners. Also relieves pressure to release higher risk crimes for space.
Tagging is a better option for high risk prisoners than the present policy of leaving many of them free to continue committing crimes.
 

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Fair play to Leo for finally introducing this for sex offenders. Long past time people in govt stood up to the IPRT.
 

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Fair play to Leo for finally introducing this for sex offenders. Long past time people in govt stood up to the IPRT.
Unfortunately, typical human strong sex drives increase the risk of sex crime reoffending, especially among paedophiles.

What's the position of the Irish Penal Reform Trust?
 


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