Emptying Belgian prisons with a bracelet

by Paola Battista - 2014.12.11
Emptying Belgian prisons with a bracelet
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Belgium has decided to make electronic tagging the rule rather than the exception by giving autonomous local authorities greater powers to use electronic bracelets in cases where people are held in custody. The new practice has been introduced as part of a broad reform of the prison system, which will take effect from 1 January 2015. The decision to invest in what has been called 'electronic detention' is based on some of the objective advantages noted since it was introduced in Brussels in 1998. Firstly, it reduced the cost of detention by 34%. While the cost of keeping a person tagged electronically is €25 a day, the daily rate for keeping someone behind bars is €150. Secondly, while it doesn't claim to solve the problem of prison overcrowding completely, it does promise to make a difference.

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