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Electronic monitoring of convicts will help have nearly EUR 500,000 for Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian State Probation Service believes electronic monitoring of convicts proved itself. This system has helped save nearly EUR 500,000 for the state budget since 2015.

31 April marked the end of the pilot project for the introduction of an electronic monitoring system. This pilot project was first organized with Norway’s help on 1 July 2015. SPS manager Mihails Papsujevics told journalists on 24 May that the electronic monitoring system is now a state initiative and is in Latvia to stay.

On 24 august 2015 the court made the first decision to use such a monitoring system in Latvia. Since then this monitoring system has been applied to 119 persons released from prison. The monitoring process has now ended for 78 of them. 93% of persons participating in the pilot project behaved appropriately and passed the monitoring process.

Most often the monitoring applied to former prison convicts is 12 or 6 months. «The longer the sentence, the longer the monitoring term,» says SPS director.

Although it may seem electronic monitoring is too simple, many individuals on probation admit wearing an electronic bracelet makes them plan their day-to-day activities more carefully than before.

SPS has also calculated factual costs of the system as opposed to keeping people in prison. Experience shows electronic monitoring system has helped the state save EUR 465,771 on prison expenditures. Maintenance and monitoring of electronic systems costs the state EUR 151,200. 75 individuals that had undergone this monitoring process have found jobs, which, according to Papsujevics, is a good result.

Justice Ministry and SPS have commenced work on expanding the target audience of this system. This means applying electronic monitoring measure to individuals sentenced to prison from 15 days to three months. Amendments to regulations will have to be reviewed by the government.

Latvia’s chosen electronic monitoring model is one of the most successful. Latvia has started sharing experience with other countries that plan to employ this system, says SPS manager.

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