Abu Dhabi - A group of 133 inmates will be electronically tagged in Abu Dhabi, as an alternative to pre-trial detention and imprisonment.
The Abu Dhabi Police began utilising electronic surveillance, through the use of electronic bracelets, under Federal Law Decree No. 17 for 2018 related to amending certain provisions of the "Code of Criminal Procedure".
“Abu Dhabi Judicial Department has sentenced 28 convicts to electronic surveillance instead of imprisonment, as well as 105 other cases as an alternative to pre-trial detention or prison”, said Brigadier Ahmed Saif bin Zaitoun Al Muhairi, Director of the Community Security Sector.
The electronic bracelet, which is placed on the ankle throughout the period of the sentence transmits electronic signals to the department’s operations centre specifying the location of the convict, and if the device is removed or tampered with, the operations centre is automatically notified, he added.
The electronic monitoring will help integrate convicts into the community, discourage them from returning to a life of crime, reduce overcrowding in correctional institutions, lower related costs, and maintain family cohesion.
The ADP first used electronic surveillance in October 2017, and it was adopted in January 2018 as an alternative to imprisonment by the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.