Tagged Offenders Will Have Sweat Tested for Booze; SOBERING CRIMINAL JUSTICE PLANS Proposals to Use GPS Tracking as an Alternative to Custody

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Tagged Offenders Will Have Sweat Tested for Booze; SOBERING CRIMINAL JUSTICE PLANS Proposals to Use GPS Tracking as an Alternative to Custody


Byline: a.philip@dailyrecord.co.uk ANDY PHILIP

OFFENDERS will have their sweat monitored for alcohol under Scottish Government plans to expand tagging.

A pilot project will test technology known as "sobriety tags" to measure ethanol levels on the skin.

The scheme is part of attempts to reduce reoffending by using tagging and GPS tracking as an alternative to custody.

Under the plans announced by Justice Secretary Michael Matheson yesterday, tagging could be used instead of remand for the first time.

It could also be used in place of fines, as a condition of a sexual offences prevention order or an alternative to short prison sentences.

The sobriety tags would be used on those who offend under the influence of alcohol.

A similar scheme was trialled in London when Boris Johnson was mayor. More than 90 per cent of the 111 offenders fitted with sobriety tags hit the target 120-day period without touching alcohol.

The Scottish Government's plans follow recommendations by a working group of experts.

Dr Hannah Graham, a criminologist from Stirling University whose research led to their proposals, said: "There is a disproportionately high rate of people on remand in prison in Scotland.

POTENTIAL Secretary "The recommendation to introduce electronic monitoring as an alternative to remand opens up extra opportunities to address this issue by closely monitoring and supporting more people in the community pre-trial, without losing sight of the need to ensure public safety. …

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