The UK government is to introduce electronic tagging for young offenders on bail as it steps up action to tackle violent crime and street robbery.
Announced yesterday by Home Secretary David Blunkett, the move is designed to cut juvenile recidivism while on bail.
"Bail tagging gives the courts an effective extra option to control offenders' behaviour and reduce repeat offending. This will be an important weapon in our armoury for reducing juvenile crime and making our streets safe," said Blunkett.
The tagging will allow 12 to 16 year-old offenders to be electronically monitored to ensure that they meet any curfew requirements as a condition of bail or remand.
Worn on the wrist or ankle, the tag works by sending a continuous signal from a small transmitter to a radio receiving unit connected to a telephone line.
Any attempt to remove the tag or transgress imposed boundaries sends a signal to the monitoring centre alerting staff, who can report the incident to the police if bail conditions have been breached.
Juvenile tagging will be implemented in six areas including inner London and Greater Manchester, and will be implemented nationally by 1 June.
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