A new regulation prohibiting criminals who commit alcohol-fuelled crime from drinking comes into force today.
Under the new legislation, alcohol-fuelled criminals will be required to wear ‘sobriety tags’. The tags will monitor the sweat levels of the wearer every thirty minutes to see whether they are drunk.
Trial of the ‘sobriety’ ankle tags was made in Humberside, Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire, and another in London.
According to official estimates, two in every five violent crimes are committed by inebriated people. The social and economic cost of alcohol-fuelled offences is around £21.5 billion per year, according to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
Crime, policing and justice minister Kit Malthouse said the tagging system will not only punish offenders but “can help turn their lives around”, adding: “Alcohol-fuelled crime blights communities and puts an unnecessary strain on our frontline services.
“While prison will always be the right place for many criminals, tough community sentences like this can help cut reoffending and protect the public.”
Courts will be able to order offenders to wear a tag for up to 120 days. The tough community sentence not only punishes offenders but aids their rehabilitation by forcing them to address the causes of their behaviour – in turn helping to reduce alcohol-related harm.
The new regulation introduced today means that criminals who commit who break the law under the influence of alcohol may be banned from drinking in addition to their sentences.