Criminal justice to enforce electronic monitoring on offenders and defendants on March 1

Beginning Friday, the country's criminal justice system will enforce electronic monitoring on offenders and defendants freed on bails.

The use of electronic monitoring (EM) devices will help ease congestion in prisons now almost overcrowded with prisoners, and keep those freed under monitoring around the clock.

Agreement of the 80 million baht project was signed yesterday between Mr Sarawut Benjakul, secretary-general of the Office of the Judiciary, and Mr Prasarn Mahaleetrakul, director-general of the Probation Department.

Under the agreement, both state agencies will exchange information pertaining to the use of electric monitoring devices with criminal offenders and defendants.

Mr Sarawut said the enforcement of the EM or monitoring bracelets will reduce social differences and the number of detainees who are not posing a serious threat but unable to obtain release dye to lacking of bail bonds.

He said offenders and defendants free on bail or probation are required to wear the electronic devices or known as ankle bracelets that can sound an alarm if they leave home without notices or enter prohibited areas

The device will alert control center once they break court's conditions, including causing damage to the devices.

Initially 5,000 EM devices will be used with offenders and defendants in the first year, and increase next year.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)