Teeven: electronic tagging to double

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Electronic tagging of convicted offenders will be doubled next year, Deputy Security and Justice Minister Fred Teeven says in a letter to parliament.

Interviewed on television, the minister of the conservative VVD party announced the existing legislation will be tightened to prevent victims from running into offenders or being approached by them.

Currently, courts order electronic tagging 180 times per year. The minister wants the figure to be raised to 360 times. Electronic tracking devices fitted to the offenders’ wrist or ankle allow the police to make sure they do not enter court-ordered exclusion zones. The scheme also allows the authorities to detain offenders wearing a wrist or ankle tag when they do breach an exclusion or curfew order.

Mr Teeven says he intends to use electronic tagging above all to track people convicted of violent crimes, domestic violence or sex offences.

Expanding the electronic tagging programme will cost around four million euros, the minister estimated. To reach the new tagging target, Mr Teeven says an agreement has been reached with the Public Prosecutor that its demands will from now on always consider the possibility of including electronic tagging.

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