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Electronic tags keep convicts on the straight and narrow

A pilot scheme using electronic tags to make sure convicted criminals keep to their probation orders, has been hailed a success by police.

A pilot scheme using electronic tags to make sure convicted criminals keep to their probation orders, has been hailed a success by police.

Dora Andres, the police director of canton Berne, where some of the first trials took place, said 19 convicted criminals participated in the scheme. She said there was only one case where the scheme did not work out and was abandoned.

Under the scheme, those convicted can avoid time behind bars and stay at home instead, with an electronic tag around their ankles. This allows police to monitor their movements round the clock. Those wearing the tag can also go to work, but must also exercise self-discipline by keeping to their conditions of probation.

The trials are also being carried out in five other cantons. The scheme is mainly for convicted criminals who have been given three to 12 months' probation, partly to save prison space and the cost of detention.

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