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Poll: Should electronic tagging of robbers and burglars be introduced?

Reports say gardaí want compulsory tagging for people with convictions for robbery and burglary who are arrested again for similar offences, in order to curb gang activity.

A person wearing a electronic tag, London.
A person wearing a electronic tag, London.
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THE GOVERNMENT HAS been looking at whether electronic tagging should be introduced as a compulsory measure for certain criminals.

Now the Sunday Independent reports today that gardaí want compulsory tagging introduced for people with convictions for robbery and burglary and who are arrested again for a similar offence. They say this would prevent criminal activity by gangs.

Those opposed to tagging question claims that it would reduce recidivism.

Electronic tagging is currently in place in countries such as the United Kingdom and Belgium, and a pilot scheme in Ireland is underway involving a small number of prisoners considered a threat but who have been released on parole.

Do you think electronic tagging of robbers and burglars should be introduced?


Poll Results:

No, but they should still be monitored in some way (2616)
Yes (1822)
No (162)
I don't know (106)




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