Electronic monitoring of whereabouts as a compulsory licence condition

Document type
Impact Assessment
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Ministry of Justice
Publisher
Ministry of Justice
Date of publication
5 February 2014
Subject(s)
Criminal Justice Services, Legislation
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This Impact Assessment (IA) accompanies the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill (‘the Bill’).

The main objectives of this policy are: to deter offenders from re-offending following release from custody - reducing re-offending is a top Ministerial priority, as it causes harm to the public and leads to costs to the criminal justice system and society more widely; and to provide additional public and victim protection, by enabling known offenders to be monitored following their release from custody, and to enforce more robustly other licence conditions such as exclusion zones.

The intended effects of being able to monitor the location of offenders include reductions in re-offending and crime in general, and an increased level of public protection. Sharing of the location information gathered with the police (subject to an appropriate code of practice) will also have the secondary benefit of them being able to investigate crimes more effectively. The options considered are: option 0 - do nothing; and option 1 - introduction of a power to provide for electronic location monitoring as a compulsory licence condition for offenders, where there are strong benefits to society of doing so (preferred option).