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MoJ extends use of GPS tagging for offenders


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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced an increase in the use of GPS tags on convicted criminals, saying it will apply to 2,000 more when they leave custody.

It is changing the rules so that those with sentences of 90 days more, compared with the existence threshold of 12 months, will be considered for tagging.

The tags were introduced last year, enabling probation staff to keep an eye on the whereabouts of offenders under their supervision and police to identify if any were in the vicinity of a crime.

The MoJ said the move is part of an £183 million investment in the use electronic tags.

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