GPS bracelet debacle easily solved with a small law change

via NZ Herald

via NZ Herald

Police are seeking a “dangerous” Porirua man who is on the run, after removing his electronic monitoring bracelet.

The 20-year-old Cannons Creek, Porirua, man Titia Apaipo, is wanted for breaching his bail conditions.

Apaipo has links to Auckland.

He is considered dangerous and should not be approached by the public, police say.

Apaipo is a Pacific Islander, 179cm tall and of medium build.

So, here’s a thought: how about we stop putting GPS ankle bracelets on dangerous people and then hoping for the best?  If they are dangerous to start with, perhaps keeping them in prison is what serves society better?

Those who cut them off are eventually headed back to prison anyway, but it requires court time and they could quite easily be put back in society with a bracelet on as they wait for scheduled court appearances to come around.

This area needs review.  You cut your bracelet off, then it results in an instant 12-month mandatory prison sentence.


– NZ Herald

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