Posts tagged ‘Policy Exchange’

February 11, 2012

Sobriety ‘bracelets’ – any impact on domestic violence?

It was reported yesterday that two pilots will take place to test the impact of ‘sobriety bracelets’ in London – one for more and one for less serious offenders.  The idea comes from the States but has also been piloted with some success in Glasgow.  To read more about the Glasgow pilot, see my earlier post about ‘From the Ground Up – Promising Criminal Justice Projects from the US and UK’ which was published by the Centre for Justice Innovation and Policy Exchange (which also featured our work).  It will be interesting to see whether it has an impact on reducing the severity of violence in domestic situations – let’s hope that this is being monitored as part of the pilot.  See below from yesterday’s Guardian:

US-style sobriety bracelets for criminals who are persistently convicted of drink-related offences are to be tested this summer in London.

The small-scale scheme will see offenders who are problem drinkers and commit high-volume alcohol-related offences – such as drunk and disorderly, criminal damage and common assault – given a conditional caution, justice ministers announced.

About 300 offenders this summer are to be given the choice of accepting the sobriety conditions and having their alcohol intake monitored or facing prosecution and the prospect of a drinking ban order imposed on them.

The offenders will be tagged with the bracelets which monitor blood alcohol levels and transmit them to a base station every 30 minutes. Those who fail to comply with the conditions will be prosecuted for the original offence. A second scheme outside London will target offenders involved in more serious drink-related offences. A total of £400,000 is to be made available to fund the schemes.

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November 3, 2011

From the Ground up – Promising Criminal Justice Projects in the US and the UK

I had a fascinating day at the launch event for the Centre for Justice Innovation in the UK, hosted by Policy Exchange, where their first report on innovation in the criminal justice sector was published.  You can download it at http://www.policyexchange.org.uk/images/publications/pdfs/From_the_Ground_Up_-_Nov__11.pdf  and turn to p34 for the CAADA story.  But actually, you should read all the stories (and if you are reading this blog you might know the CAADA story already) because there are great examples of practical and effective work from both sides of the pond.

Strong statements from Nick Herbert and Kit Malthouse on the need for innovation, and the value of payment by results, great links from Strathclyde between criminal justice, health, child development etc and eye-watering stats from Kentucky, where the prison population had been rising by 40% a year…before some clear thinking, analysis and political will has started to turn that around.  Indeed, in Strathclyde they are about to start piloting the use of alcohol detection ‘bracelets’ for certain offenders – including domestic violence – which will alert police if the wearer has a drink!