Posts tagged ‘Sobriety Bracelets’

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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