Friday, June 24, 2011

Electronic monitoring could relieve prison overcrowding

By Lelethu Mquqo
24 June 2011


Government may consider introducing alternative methods of incarceration for offenders.

The aim is to combat persistent overcrowding in prisons.

Correctional Services Commissioner Thomas Moyane says electronic monitoring is commonly used in developed countries.

It could soon be introduced here.

The country’s 234 prisons were built to accommodate around 90 000 inmates.

Currently 160 000 inmates are crowded into the jails.

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