- The UK’s criminal justice department recently announced that domestic abusers leaving prison will be wearing electronic monitoring tags for better victim protection
- Up to 500 offenders will be forced to wear GPS and curfew tags to monitor their movements, with those who breach the stipulated license conditions being returned to prison
- This move by the UK validates digital monitoring solutions such as SuperCom’s Electronic Monitoring (“EM”) products
- It also shows the technology’s viability in solving emerging issues while also validating SuperCom’s research and development efforts as targeting an active and growing world market
SuperCom (NASDAQ: SPCB), a global provider of traditional and digital identity solutions offering advanced safety, identification, and security products and solutions to governments, is constantly pushing the envelope with innovation and exploring new markets for its products. This ambition has been driven by its mission and commitment to “creating safer communities”. More nations globally are beginning to realize the need for more advanced technologies to manage offender populations, representing a significant growth opportunity for SuperCom.
In September 2023, the UK’s criminal justice department announced that domestic abusers leaving prison would wear electronic monitoring tags to offer better victim protection. The plan, which will first launch in East and West Midlands, will see up to 500 offenders forced to wear GPS or curfew tags to monitor their movements upon leaving prison. Offenders who breach the stipulated license conditions will face being returned to prison.
“Survivors of domestic abuse show great strength and bravery in coming forward, and it is right that every tool is used to protect them from further harm,” noted the lord chancellor and justice secretary, Alex Chalk.
“The tagging of prison leavers at risk of committing further domestic abuse is a further protection we are introducing to help victims rebuild their lives and feel safe in their communities,” he added (https://ibn.fm/JjWky).
In the case of SuperCom, the company recently announced it has secured a new national program with the government of Finland. The Finnish government announced that domestic violence offenders will wear Domestic Violence Monitoring Solutions as a way to safeguard victims, proactively prevent domestic violence, and empower Finnish authorities with advanced tech that promises to enhance the safety and well-being of the country’s citizenry (https://ibn.fm/8K6hA). It adds to the country’s use of electronic ankle bracelets, introduced in 2011, and electronic monitoring for offenders found repeatedly guilty of drunk driving.
UK’s move to adopt advanced monitoring solutions validates these technologies, specifically SuperCom’s family of Electronic Monitoring (“EM”) products. It showcases the potential application of this technology and its viability in solving emerging security issues within countries. More importantly, it is encouraging the efforts of companies such as SuperCom to continue developing technological solutions that steer society towards being safer and protecting domestic abuse victims from their abusers.
The UK is already witnessing positive results from a prison scheme launched last summer that prevented unwanted prisoner contact with the victims by blocking the victims’ numbers’ from prison phones and preventing the former from sending threatening letters to the victims’ addresses. The government pointed out that over 2,700 victims had been protected from further harassment, which has helped further accentuate the potential of GPS and curfew tags on domestic abusers leaving prison.
With the initial launch in the East and West Midlands, the UK plans to roll out the monitoring tags across England and Wales in 2024. The government is optimistic that the positive results will allow victims to rebuild their lives and feel safe in their communities.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.SuperCom.com.
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