GPS monitoring will be extended to prisoners on release-to-work schemes, meaning initially up to 40 prisoners will have ankle bracelets fitted to monitor them at work.
GPS technology will allow low-security prisoners who wouldn’t usually be considered for the scheme, to take part.
Release-to-work has a significant positive impact on reoffending rates and helps prisoners reintegrate back into the community, meaning fewer crimes and fewer victims. Research has shown reoffending rates reduced by 16.7 per cent for prisoners who participated in release-to-work, and nearly half kept their job after release.
That’s why National is increasing the number of prisoners in release-to-work, as part of our programme to deliver better public services and reduce reoffending 25 per cent by 2017.
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