GPS bracelets, idiots and a small change in the law

A ball and chain on a white background. Very high resolution 3D render.

Another escape from Corrections electronic monitoring has prompted the third police appeal for sightings of fugitives in 24 hours.

Invercargill man Quintin Hamilton is wanted by police for breaching home detention conditions, after allegedly cutting off his electronic monitoring bracelet at 12.30pm on Tuesday.

Police say Hamilton is dangerous, faces multiple charges and should not be approached.

He is the latest in a string of offenders accused of removing their bracelets.

Earlier on Tuesday, police said a man who had previously sparked a two-day police manhunt had cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet and gone on the run in Wellington.

Lyndon Keil, 31, removed the bracelet on Monday in Wainuiomata, police said.

In February, Keil was allegedly involved in a firearms incident, where three men went to a woman’s home and threatened her with a gun.

He faced firearms charges over the incident.

Police say Keil is dangerous and should not be approached.

That was followed by an appeal for sightings of Auckland woman Jahna Bradley-Erikson, 18, who they say cut off her bracelet earlier this month.

Police say she has a tattoo of “Trust Nobody” on her right hand, and “Jahna” on her left wrist.

All the technology in the world doesn’t beat a ball and chain, and even that can be cut off. The whole problem with the media coverage of these events is that it supposes there is a non-removable GPS bracelet. Of course there isn’t.

Sometimes the old ways are the best ways, and these criminals are forcing the hand of the government.

By abusing home D they run the risk of the government simply incarcerating them all.

What I would like to see is that cutting a bracelet off immediately results in being held on remand pending trial. And, if you are found guilty there is a minimum mandatory 12-month prison sentence.

 

– NZN via Yahoo! News


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