Minister admits G4S electronic tags may have wrongly sent people to prison

 

Ministers have been accused of a “colossal blunder” after admitting people may have been wrongly sent to prison due to faulty electronic tags being used to monitor offenders.

It emerged on Tuesday that straps securing the tags can incorrectly trigger alerts, suggesting they have been tampered with and making it seem as if those wearing them are illegally trying to remove them Handbags & Wallets.

Tests indicated that more than 100 of the G4S devices are defective, but officials tried to play down the gaffe by saying that if anyone had been wrongly incarcerated, the number was likely to be small Accessories.

Justice Minister Sam Gyimah admitted however that there is a chance that some “enforcement action” might have been taken against an offender or suspect in response to a false report of tampering Contemporary & Designer.

He said: “It does not mean an individual will have been automatically sent to custody.

“A single tamper alert without any additional evidence of an escalation of risk is likely to result in an alternative outcome, such as a warning letter.”

“So it is unlikely that a first tamper on its own will result in an offender being recalled.”

The Liberal Democrats said the episode was a “colossal blunder” Sports Equipment, while the Government insisted there was no risk to the public Jackets & Coats.

MoJ staff notified Electronic Monitoring Services (EMS), which provides the electronic monitoring service, of an increase in the number of alerts raised when equipment worn by an offender or suspect is tampered with.

This was investigated by EMS and G4S, which supplies straps and electronic tags used to monitor offenders and suspects who have a curfew as part of their sentence or bail.