Global Positioning System Tracker Anklet:
A prisoner in Jammu and Kashmir was released on bail after he was tagged with a Global Positioning System (GPS) tracker anklet on his foot to monitor his movements.
- This is the first time in the country that a GPS tracker has been put to such use.
- GPS anklets are small, wearable devices that are attached to the ankles of individuals who are under some form of legal supervision, such as parole, probation, house arrest, or bail.
- The tracker can be put on the ankle or arm of a person.
- Thus, there are GPS anklets and GPS bracelets.
- GPS anklets are tamper-proof, and any attempt to remove or damage them triggers an alarm.
- They also have a battery life of several days and can be recharged by the wearer.
- GPS anklets can also be used to enforce curfews, travel restrictions, or other conditions imposed by the court or the supervising agency.
- GPS anklets use the GPS technology to provide the exact location of the wearer at all times, and allow law enforcement and security agencies to monitor their movements in real-time.
- GPS anklets alleviate criminal justice costs, easing prison overcrowding and directing resources to serious offenses.
- They balance public safety and rehabilitation by deterring crime, ensuring law compliance, and fostering offender well-being through family ties, education, and support services.
- GPS trackers are a precondition for bail in several countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Malaysia.