G4S fined £44m by Serious Fraud Office over electronic tagging – The Guardian

‘Security firm G4S has been fined £44m by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) as part of an agreement that will see it avoid prosecution for overcharging the Ministry of Justice for the electronic tagging of offenders, some of whom had died.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2020

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New criminal sentencing provisions: Alcohol Abstinence and Monitoring Requirement comes into force on 19 May 2020 – 5SAH

Posted May 19th, 2020 in alcohol abuse, electronic monitoring, news, pilot schemes, sentencing by sally

‘Following the completion of a pilot of the Alcohol Abstinence and Monitoring Requirement (AAMR), section 76 of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 will come into force on 19 May 2020 (UKSI no.478 of 2020). Section 76 inserts a new section 212A to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (“CJA 2003”), which empowers the court to impose an AAMR as a requirement of a community order or suspended sentence order.’

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5SAH, 12th May 2020

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‘Sobriety ankle tags’ to monitor offenders’ sweat – BBC News

Posted May 19th, 2020 in alcohol abuse, electronic monitoring, news by sally

‘Around 2,000 offenders who commit crimes fuelled by alcohol are to be fitted with ankle tags to monitor whether they have been drinking.’

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BBC News, 19th May 2020

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Up to 4,000 inmates to be temporarily released in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘As many as 4,000 prisoners in England and Wales are to be temporarily released from jail in an effort to try and control the spread of coronavirus, the government has announced.’

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The Guardian, 4th April 2020

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Covert recordings: does the end justify the means? – 12 King’s Bench Walk

‘Covert recording is featuring increasingly in both employment and personal injury law – and the ramifications of recent decisions are yet to be fully played out. Two recent cases consider the issue from both sides in the workplace; Phoenix, featured covert recording by an employee and López considered covert surveillance by employers.’

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12 King's Bench Walk, 25th March 2020

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Employee monitoring and surveillance: Barclays calls ‘time’ on its time-tracking of employees – The 36 Group

‘Employee monitoring and surveillance can be a thorny issue. Some monitoring of employee activity may be required for reasons of security or to protect an employer’s resources from abuse. However, while an employer may justify a monitoring measure on the basis of economic imperative, it could also be viewed by its employees, the public or the courts as unjustified snooping.’

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The 36 Group, 12th March 2020

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False imprisonment not synonymous with breach of right to liberty – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R (on the application of Jalloh (formerly Jollah)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 4.In a pithy parting shot to the Home Secretary, Lady Hale has given the unanimous judgment of the Supreme Court on the question of whether a person subject to a home curfew under immigration powers had been falsely imprisoned at common law and whether that concept should now be aligned with the concept of deprivation of liberty in article 5 of the ECHR. The Court decided the case against the defendant, as did every court below (the Blog covered the Court of Appeal’s decision here). The defendant had been required to pay the claimant £4,000.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th March 2020

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Legal loophole exposed after activist not prosecuted for ‘planting’ tracker on hunt vehicle – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 20th, 2020 in electronic monitoring, hunting, news, privacy, spying by sally

‘Countryside groups have called for tougher rules on the use of tracking devices after a huntswoman allegedly caught an anti-hunt activist planting one under her horse trailer.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th January 2020

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Victims’ commissioner to meet woman who went into hiding after ex freed – The Guardian

‘The victims’ commissioner for England and Wales is to call for increased support for domestic abuse victims after a woman went into hiding when her violent ex-partner was released from prison early.’

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The Guardian, 4th August 2019

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Domestic abuse victim to go into hiding as ex freed after six months – The Guardian

‘A woman who was left with life-changing injuries after being beaten by her ex-partner says she will go into hiding when he is released from prison after serving six months.’

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The Guardian, 29th July 2019

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Serco fined £22.9m over electronic tagging scandal – The Guardian

‘The outsourcing company Serco has been fined nearly £23m as part of a settlement with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over electronic tagging contracts.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2019

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Domestic abusers ‘sewing GPS trackers into teddy bears’ – BBC News

‘Technology is increasingly being used by domestic abusers to trap, control or hunt down their victims, Refuge has told the Victoria Derbyshire programme.’

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BBC News, 20th March 2019

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Electronic GPS tags to track thousands of criminals in England and Wales – BBC News

Posted February 18th, 2019 in electronic monitoring, news, satellites, sentencing by sally

‘Thousands of criminals in England and Wales will be tagged with GPS trackers to allow authorities to trace them 24 hours a day.’

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BBC News, 16th February 2019

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Knife offenders to wear GPS tags in London pilot scheme – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2019 in electronic monitoring, London, murder, news, pilot schemes, police, recidivists, statistics, weapons by tracey

‘Knife crime offenders in London will be tagged with tracking devices upon their release from prison in an attempt to reduce violence in the capital, the mayor has announced.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2019

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Rapists and murderers among hundreds of foreign criminals missing from Home Office monitoring, records show – The Independent

‘Rapists and killers are among hundreds of foreign criminals who have dropped off the Home Office’s radar. Immigration authorities also lost track of overseas nationals convicted of kidnap, weapons possession and robbery.’

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The Independent, 9th November 2018

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Electric shock collars for pets to be banned – BBC News

Posted August 28th, 2018 in animal cruelty, dogs, electronic monitoring, news by sally

‘Electric shock collars for cats and dogs will be banned in England, the government has announced.’

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BBC News, 28th August 2018

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Bogus lawyer convicted for second time – Legal Futures

‘A man has pleaded guilty to five counts of providing unqualified immigration advice and services, some 13 years after an identical conviction.’

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Legal Futures, 14th August 2018

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Domestic abusers could be electronically tagged in government crackdown – Daily Telegraph

‘Domestic abusers could be banned from drinking alcohol and electronically tagged under a Government crackdown. New civil orders will expand the potential restrictions courts and police can impose on criminals who torment partners, spouses and other family members.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th March 2018

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‘More’ prisoners to be freed with tag as early-release scheme simplified – BBC News

Posted February 19th, 2018 in early release, electronic monitoring, news by sally

‘More offenders could be freed from prison in England and Wales with an electronic tag under government plans to simplify an early-release scheme.’

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BBC News, 16th February 2018

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Black cab rapist John Worboys will be asked if he minds wearing electronic tag – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 6th, 2018 in electronic monitoring, news, parole, rape, recidivists, release on licence, victims by tracey

‘John Worboys will be asked if he objects to wearing an electronic tag when he is eventually released from prison.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th February 2018

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