It has been reported that the Irish Prison Service will begin electronic tagging of offenders in the New Year. At the moment, it is only envisioned for very limited circumstances, such as prisoners in hospital who may previously have required prison staff to supervise them at all times. There has been no decision on widening the measure, but the Irish Prison Service has not excluded the possibility.
IPRT remains open-minded on the issue of tagging but would caution against its use as a complete replacement for probation or supervision within the community, as it should not be seen as a substitute for criminal justice agency staff.
- Irish Examiner, Prisoners will be tracked by satellite.
- RTE, Drivetime, 3rd January 2013
- Newstalk, The Right Hook, January 3rd 2013