- Feb 12, 2015
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Honestly, if there was the political will to do this, it would get done yesterday. The technology is not that complex. I don’t think it would be cost prohibitive compared to the cost of legal systems, jails and not to mention the victimization. I believe that there are too many bleeding hearts in our community that think something like this is inhumane. So without the will to do something, nothing will get done, and the criminals win… things will get worse. It wont change until it changes. as for the charter of rights, we already provision exceptions for criminals (like not being able to vote, freedom of movement, etc…) - i think people bring up charter arguments are just looking for ways to avoid changes. I don’t see any downside to this approach, and im not suggesting that it would be a perfect system, but it could work if it was done properly.Uhhh
I appreciate the thought, but I don't think you've actually worked out the costs and implications.
On any given day in Canada there are ~ 90,000 people under 'Supervision' (probation, parole etc).
The cost of an electronic ankle bracelet, plus monitoring is ~ $600 per month. That's about 658M per year, nominally.
In practice, it would be much more to achieve the level of scrutiny you wish to apply. Current software for the bracelets only tracks location. It does not track proximity to other offenders, specific locations etc etc.
I can't even put a price tag on that level of scrutiny, but its safe to say you're measuring in the Billions per year.
The notion that the change you have in mind would be 'easy' when I'm not sure its even feasible in the near-term if the money flowed, is not correct.
That also completely ignores any Charter issues that may come into play; and doesn't address the curious problem you may not have anticipated.
That should we achieve the ability to do the above, it would result in release of the majority of people in jail today on remand (held pending trial),
as the argument would go that they are no longer a flight risk. That would in turn drive the cost of the program much higher, probably 100% higher.
I'm not suggesting that there isn't some merit to the idea; in fact, I've advocated for the expansion of bracelets as an alternative to remand, because they are cheaper, and err on the side of people retaining greater
freedom who haven't yet been convicted of an offense.
But that is a very big shift, with lots of complexity and cost.
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Ontario never delivered on promise of free GPS ankle bracelets to help lower pandemic jail population, lawyers sayDozens of people eligible for release from Ontario jail are unable to leave because they’re on a waiting list for ankle monitors.www.thestar.com