Community Orders

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 5th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord German Lord German Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to use technology to create more effective community sentencing orders; and if so, how.

Photo of Lord Keen of Elie Lord Keen of Elie The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)

Electronic monitoring technology to monitor a curfew requirement is now being augmented by satellite enabled tags that can also monitor compliance with other community requirements including exclusion zones and an offender’s attendance at a certain activity, for example, unpaid work or a rehabilitation programme. From April, it will also be possible to use the new tags to monitor an offender’s movements as a freestanding requirement of a community order.

This new technology provides a tool to monitor restrictions imposed on an offender’s movements and lifestyle where it is appropriate and proportionate to do so.

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