- Convicted paedophiles face being tracked by satellites
for the rest of their lives through an ankle tag that would trigger a warning
if they entered a banned area such as a school.
- Rapists might also be tagged so that they could not approach
their victim's home undetected, under plans being considered by Home Office
officials. The technology is already used in the United States, where
it is known as "reverse tagging" because it allows the offender
to move around, rather than being confined to a particular place.
- The technology is also being examined in Scotland in
response to mounting public concern about the number of serious offenders
who are released from jail and then commit further offences.
- Lord MacLean, a judge, who chairs a Scottish government
committee on criminal justice reforms, raised the idea after he observed
a scheme operating in Arizona.
- He said yesterday that dangerous criminals who were
a threat to public safety should be subject to continuing supervision for
the rest of their lives.
- The judge called on the Scottish Executive to make a
new sentence available to the courts, which he suggested be called an Order
for Lifelong Restrictions. He said that the sentence could be applied to
around a dozen Scottish criminals each year.
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