The return of chain gangs: Criminals remove waste from waterways, number of offenders with tags to double under crackdown by new Justice Secretary Dominic Raab
- Justice Secretary Dominic Raab to introduce new law and order repression
- Criminals with electronic tags will double as chain gangs introduced
- Prime Minister said he wanted to see many more offenders take on unpaid work
Criminals will be urged to clean up trash from waterways in “chain gangs” as part of a crackdown on law and order.
At the Conservatives’ conference today, Justice Secretary Dominic Raab will also announce that the number of offenders forced to wear tags will double.
Those sentenced to do unpaid work by a court will have to clear hundreds of miles of towpaths under an agreement with the Canal and River Trust. In doing so, they will be wearing high visibility “Community Payback” tabards.
It will mark a significant increase in the power of existing systems. The prime minister said he wanted to see many more offenders take on unpaid work.
As part of these measures, orange tabards identifying workers as offenders are likely to be used much more widely.
Mr Raab will say that 10,000 more thieves, burglars and thieves will be fitted with satellite tags to track their movements when they are released from prison over the next three years. In total, £ 183million will be spent on additional labeling.
The huge investment will include new types of tags with built-in satellite tracking technology to allow probation officers to identify precise locations.
In a separate program, 12,000 felons released from prison will be required to wear devices capable of monitoring their alcohol consumption and alerting probation staff when they are on a frenzy.
‘Sobriety labels’ will be rolled out across England and Wales for the first time following successful pilots. And more than 3,500 high-risk domestic abusers will be monitored for the first time with GPS beacons.
This new use of technology is designed to protect victims and children from further abuse. Probation officers will even be able to detect if offenders are in relationships they haven’t disclosed – so new partners can be alerted to their abusive past. “This major increase in high-tech GPS tagging will allow us to become the world leader in the use of technology to fight crime and keep victims safe,” said Mr. Raab.
“From tackling alcohol-fueled violence and burglary to protecting victims of domestic violence, we are developing beacons to make our streets and communities safer.” The existing community work program will receive a boost of £ 90million with 500 additional supervisors and new partnerships between the probation service and major organizations.
It will see a “renewed emphasis on cleaning streets, alleys, housing estates and other open spaces,” a spokesperson said.
Unlike the historic “chain gangs” in the United States and Australia, offenders will not be chained. Police dismissed the plans as a “gimmick”. Metropolitan Police Federation President Ken Marsh said in July that the chain gang program was “just not controllable.”
“Who’s going to be responsible for making them do this?” ” he said. “It’s still going to cost a lot of money and where is this money really coming from? It’s just another gimmick. The whole plan is full of holes and stuff.
Human rights group Liberty tweeted that it was “designed to create more stigma and division.”
Dominic Raab (pictured) has said some of the UK’s record 1million job vacancies may be filled by offenders who are allowed out on the day or have just completed their prison sentences
In his speech, Mr. Raab will say that he recognizes the impact of the murder of Sarah Everard.
“We will take the victims code and turn those guidelines into law, to make sure that in every case, for every victim, their voice is heard.” One of the main goals will be to “make our communities safer, so that women can walk home at night, without having to look over their shoulders,” Raab said.
The GPS tagging system has already led to the conviction of a thief whose location pinned him to the scene of a crime, it was revealed last night.
Scott Cullum twice stole two bags from a restaurant in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, in August.
He was matched to the location after satellite data was shared with police and his probation officer was able to identify him on CCTV footage.
Cullum was recalled to jail and sentenced to two three-month suspension terms with £ 500 compensation and an order for costs.