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No Tagging of Prisoners

By che - 14 August 2007 12

More on the new Prison from the ABC this time that prisoners won’t be made to wear electronic tags. I can understand the excuse that the IT system won’t be up to speed to carry out the task, but I would question the argument that it would be against prisoners civil liberties. Tagging of people in society is very bad, but these are people who have been removed from society for a specified time.

Maybe they clash with their outfits and that’s against ACT Human Rights?

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No Tagging of Prisoners
platypuspye 9:47 pm 26 Oct 07

Iv’e obviously missed some vital piece of information as my understanding was that tags were used for those on early release scumbags and they are around the ankle. That may only be used here in England. Sounds like they are looking at job cuts – tag up the prisoners and then after a year or so management will have sufficient evidence that less staff are needed..

Mike Crowther 10:01 pm 06 Sep 07

‘…The pale pacyderms are starting to run the place…’ love it Thumper! And your dead on the money.

Thumper 8:11 am 15 Aug 07

Bulldoze the gaol and send them to NSW.

Fer christsakes, it’s already over budget and will be over subscribed within a year or two after being opened.

Then what do we do?

Oh that’s right, send them to NSW…

The pale pacyderms are starting to run the place…

Pandy 6:56 pm 14 Aug 07

Put them in stocks and parade them thru Civic

asp 6:29 pm 14 Aug 07

correction: invade not introduce prisoner’s privacy.

asp 6:28 pm 14 Aug 07

oh, one other thing. Did any one hear the ACT Civil Liberties spokesman on ABC radio yesterday saying that these tags would introduce prisoner’s privacy.
Umm, they get striped search when entering a prison (in NSW at least), shower naked in communal showers while under the watch of guards and have their movements monitored by video surveillance though out the day in prison. Will a little tag that will transmit their name and id to a computer screen in the admin offices really invade their privacy much more?

asp 6:25 pm 14 Aug 07

We’re not talking the cow like ear tags here (though that’s wouldn’t be a bad idea), we’re talking wrist or ankle tags. It would be quite useful. Prison officers can’t be everywhere, all the time. If you have electronic tracking, then all prisoners are automatically accounted for, it means that if there is a fight, tags will reveal who was where at the time, and it may reveal certain patterns such as if prisoners are doing strange things in a certain area such as drug dealing.

Maelinar 2:08 pm 14 Aug 07

They could etag their gate mechanisms.

Access via etag control/timings

If your etag is not where it should be, alarms go off.

LG 1:34 pm 14 Aug 07

The decision not to tag prisoners is probably due to funding (or lack of it) – as opposed to human rights or IT capabilities.

Thumper 1:14 pm 14 Aug 07

Why would you need a tag in a prison?\

Are they telling us that prison authorities won’t know where the prisioners are?

S4anta 12:34 pm 14 Aug 07

how about the red-laser dog collars things … each time they step out the nominated zone they get a complimentary dose of electro shock therapy.

Ntp 11:55 am 14 Aug 07

I’d like to see ear tags like cattle have. Make it a fashion statement and gives you something to grab hold of if they play up 😉

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