Government to increase use of ankle monitor

ankle monitorAnkle monitor.Photo: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB scanpix


The government wants far more ankle monitors and will raise the amount allocated to this program in next year’s budget by 10 million.

This amount will make it possible for 150 prisoners to serve their sentences with ankle monitors, said Undersecretary Ove André Vanebo the Ministry of Justice to news agency NTB.
Thus, the total number of prisoners currently serving in their own homes will rise to nearly 500 a year. In all, 135 million kr has been allocated for the scheme in the state budget for next year.
“Today there is a queue of people wishing to serve with an ankle monitor,” says Vanebo.
Positive Result

“Both show that ankle monitors work very well, especially when it comes to relapse, while simultaneously perceived as a punishment. When the results are so unambiguously positive, one should want to to expand the scheme with more space,” he said.
The requirements for those who will carry ankle monitors will be the same as before: they must not have sentences longer than four months.
There are also a number of requirements for activity, such as work, while freedom of movement is severely restricted.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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