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Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

Tagging Sentences Expansion Given Green Backing

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Plans by the Scottish Government to continue to expand the use of electronic tags in sentencing have been broadly welcomed by the Greens because of the party’s support for a “presumption against short sentences”.

Scottish Greens’ justice spokesperson, John Finnie MSP said:

“Judges are best placed to determine whether, having regard to all the circumstances of the case, electronic tagging is a suitable alternative to imprisonment. Greens support properly resourced alternatives to custody and a presumption against short sentences which have been shown to be ineffective. Electronic monitoring can only be effective if the appropriate community support is in place to help people with addictions, behavioural issues and housing problems. Another benefit of tagging is that as the technology improves so presumably do restriction options.”