||"Prison Without Bars": OFFENDERS TO BE TRACKED
july 8, 2004
The precedent is being set. Notice how this "great" big brother system is being pushed and made palatable as a means to track the most despicable "sex offenders and wife beaters." Then, later the article admits: "Another scheme could be launched to track persistent perpetrators of low-level crime who are being punished in the community rather than in jail. "
SKY News/July 05, 2004
Sex offenders and wife beaters will be tracked by satellites in tests to be launched by the Home Office later this year, according to reports.
The pilot scheme will be carried out in at least one major urban area as well as an English county, under plans drawn up by Home Secretary David Blunkett.
Mr Blunkett wants to adopt a scheme already operating in Florida, in which sex offenders and people convicted of domestic violence who are released from prison early on licence are monitored by a satellite tracking system, according to the The Times.
Another scheme could be launched to track persistent perpetrators of low-level crime who are being punished in the community rather than in jail.
Mr Blunkett believes the satellite system will provide "prison without bars", and will also be a useful way to track potentially dangerous offenders.
He is said to view the technology as a key development in criminal justice over the next decade, which can be used as a cheap alternative to building new jails.
Martin Narey, the chief of the new prisons and probation service, has already visited Florida to examine their use of satellite tracking to monitor the movements of offenders.
Offenders are tagged with a tracking device which is monitored from space. If they stray into forbidden "exclusion zone" areas, such as near a school or near a victim's house, an alarm will alert controllers who can contact police.