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S5W-01825: Johann Lamont (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 4 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what progress the expert group assessing all forms of electronic monitoring of sex offenders has made and when its findings will be published.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 30 August 2016

The expert Working Group on Electronic Monitoring in Scotland was established by the Scottish Government to consider a range of important issues, including how electronic monitoring can best be used at different points in the criminal justice system; how best to support monitored individuals in the community, while maintaining public protection; and the opportunities that new technologies can provide. We know from international evidence that electronic monitoring is a useful tool that can aid reducing reoffending when set within a wider package of support. International research commissioned by the Scottish Government provides evidence to support the use of GPS, not as a replacement for the current radio frequency technology, but as an additional tool for people who have been convicted of a range of offences. The Working Group’s report and recommendations are now with the Justice Secretary for consideration and will be responded to in due course.