Thursday 24 June 2021

Prisoner Ankle Bracelets Stirs Controversy With Legislators

Lawmakers are debating a controversial plan to relieve crowding of jails by liberating some 4,000 of their inmates wearing electronic bracelets or anklets. But already it has drawn the fire of a penal judge who calls it “extremely perilous.”

anklebracelThe plan would put the bracelet on some convicts as well as suspects who would be held on preventive terms before trial. But some, like Judge Carlos Chinchilla, are firmly opposed to letting them out on the streets, bracelet or no.

The bill was introduced by the Defensa Publica (a court agency of public defenders) and the Justice Ministry that administers prisons. President Chinchilla is supporting it.

- Advertisement -

The devices can be tracked by satellite and if it enters a restricted area (such as near a witness crime victim in an upcoming trial) emits an alarm. It also could be used by a judge as a substitute for prison.

In certain cases, a study by the National Institute of Criminology might determine that a person sentenced to fewer than six years in prison might be eligible for the bracelet. It can also be used for older minors and for women convicts with minor children or who are pregnant.

The bill would also make eligible for the bracelet people with physical, mental or addictive illnesses or those whose illness makes treating them in prison not feasible.

Commentary: This blog finds itself siding with Judge Chinchilla. Costa Rica’s courts are fumble-fingered enough, notorious for losing track of defendants awaiting trial, without this bill making it worse.

- Advertisement -

The most frequent way of losing track is when the defendant has been judged guilty but is let free with a court date to hear the sentence. Naturally, the convicted felon runs like a rabbit, knowing he will serve time. Some are never seen again.

It is hard to see how electronic surveillance will cure this. Are the 4,000 or so convicts going to be monitored 24/7? Knowing how  things go here in this country, it is likely that a felon will escape and the explanation will be, “We don’t have a budget for full time monitoring of the bracelets.”

Moreover, even if police know where the convict or accused is, the bracelets don’t show what they are doing. Hardened criminals do not think as normal persons do and they could be committing a crime while the monitor watches a moving blip on a Google map, without a clue.

Right now, the bill is under study by the court system, with Judge Chinchilla as the one who writes the report. We hope he doesn’t pull any punches in his opposition. We realize that prisons are not an ideal answer. This bad idea is even worse.

We realize that not all those placed in prison are dangerous criminals. But do the courts really have a handle on which are? Somehow, we doubt it.

From iNews.co.cr

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

[BLOG] Costa Rican Electric Company – General Maintenance Procedures

During my fifteen plus years of living in Costa Rica, I...

Heliport, Money and Weapons in Costa Rica

Following reports by residents of Las Asturias de Pococí about flyovers...

MOST READ

Germany opens borders to Ticos from this Friday!

QCOSTARICA - Good news for Ticos with traveling fever! From Friday, June 25, Germany will allow entry of travelers from Costa Rica as long...

Tourism sector depends on political will for recovery

QCOSTARICA - The future of tourism operators in Costa Rica depends on the political will to approve a package of bills that favors the...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 18: 9 & 0 CANNOT circulate

Today, Friday, June 18, vehicles with plates ending 9 & 0 CANNOT circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm,...

Treasury threatens to close doors to Sinpe Móvil to avoid tax evasion

QCOSTARICA - What had been a good tool as a payment mechanism for sellers and businesses, the Ministry of Finance (Treasury) has in its...

The Best Sports To Play On A Beach

Costa Rica has some of the best beaches in the world. The coastline is blessed with golden sand, beautiful palm trees, and perfect blue...

Will that be Cash or Sinpe Móvil?

QCOSTARICA - Sinpe Móvil is easy to use. From your phone, you can send money to friends, family and pay for things. Or receive...

Companies covered up defective asphalt

QCOSTARICA - The judicial file of the Cochinilla Case, on alleged corruption in road works, exposes how three companies would have covered up the...

New trends in coffee consumption challenge sector

QCOSTARICA - Changes in consumption habits in terms of times, types of preparation and specialties challenge the coffee sector. Most of the consumers in Costa...

How to Continue Learning German If You Live in Berlin

Berlin is the place to be: the best parks, cinemas, concerts, and cultural life attract many students every year. COVID-19 has changed the situation...

WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST!

Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.