Criminals committing drink-related offences to wear ankle tags

Criminals in England who commit drink-related crimes may have to wear ankle tags that track their alcohol levels, the Justice Department announced.

So-called sobriety days monitor a person’s sweat every 30 minutes to see if they have been drinking.

The probation service will be notified when alcohol is detected, and offenders will be fined or further punished if caught.

This is followed by a successful launch of the tags in Wales last October.

More than 100 criminals were tagged in the pilot and stayed sober over 95% of the time.

The devices operate 24 hours a day and can differentiate between beverages and other types of alcohol such as hand sanitizer or perfume.

You can also tell if someone is trying to block the device from making contact with their skin.

Crime and Police Secretary Kit Malthouse said: “These tags have been of tremendous benefit to Wales since they were launched in October. One perpetrator I met said it not only changed his behavior but also saved his life.

“This smart and powerful new tool is helping fight the alcohol-related violence that is ruining too many lives and families and causing havoc in our city centers.”

Probation officer Laura Harrison said: “Sobriety tags have had a tremendous positive effect on the people I have supervised in Wales. They have improved their mental health, kept them away from drinking and no problems with the police.”

“A man with a history of alcohol-related violence was labeled for 90 days and has been sober since then. He says the program helped him change his life.”

Those equipped with the tags also receive professional assistance to address their alcohol problems.

Tags are only used on offenders over the age of 18 who are not addicted to alcohol or in need of alcohol treatment.

Alcohol plays a role in 39% of violent crimes. The social and economic cost of damage related to beverages is around £ 21.5 billion per year, according to the MoJ.

It is also seen as one of the drivers of domestic violence and unprovoked attacks.


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