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House Arrest-Really?. GPS Monitoring Fail! | by Sgt JPBIII | Homeland  Security | MediumColombo, Feb 06 (Daily Mirror) - Sri Lanka will soon likely adopt the Singaporean method to implement house detention for suspects who are charged with minor offenses.

House detention, also known as home confinement, aims to reduce recidivism and alleviate prison overcrowding.

The Ministry of Justice and Prison Affairs is planning to implement a programme this year to place those found guilty of civil offenses under house arrest.

Prisons Spokesman Gamini Dissanayake told the Daily Mirror that the ministry and the department are in the process of drafting laws in this regard and once the process is finalized, it needs to be passed in Parliament.

He said many countries including Singapore are using the home detention method . Once the programme is implemented, the suspects who are charged with minor offenses will undergo house arrest on the orders of the Judges.

The spokesman said that offenders will have to remain indoors for the duration specified in the order and attend counseling or rehabilitation sessions.

He said the person will also need to wear an electronic chip or watch to monitor their whereabouts. If the offender goes too far from their home, the violation is recorded, and the police will be notified.

The spokesman said these measures are specifically being taken to reduce overcrowding in prisons.

Recent data from the Prisons Department shows that there are a whopping 33,000 inmates detained in 30 prisons across the country, even though these facilities are meant to hold only around 13,000 inmates.


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  • ANTON Tuesday, 06 February 2024 09:16 AM

    I THINK THIS HAS ALRESDY BEEN GIVEN TO KEHELIYA.

    Steve Tuesday, 06 February 2024 09:37 AM

    Probably extend this to Politicians so that Prison Hospitals will not be overcrowded.

    Dee Tuesday, 06 February 2024 09:42 AM

    Those monitors will probably be sold or pawned by them. Then that’s another offense and they would end up in prison. Some of these guys love prison.

    joshua Tuesday, 06 February 2024 09:48 AM

    What about the detention in prisons enjoyed by Duminda and Keheliya? You better legalize that too as it is the common benefit enjoyed by the rotting politicians

    Robbie Tuesday, 06 February 2024 09:49 AM

    What a bout the magor offenses it should bring like singapore first then minor will stop automatically good govern law

    Good Example to Learn From Tuesday, 06 February 2024 09:50 AM

    There are few systems

    For the Betterment of SL Tuesday, 06 February 2024 12:47 PM

    Learn from Spore some of their systems

    Kick these scum out Tuesday, 06 February 2024 10:06 AM

    The government is ingenious in coming up with new ways to harrass civilians. Soon the president and his supporters will know what it like to be detained in Welikada.

    Ram Tuesday, 06 February 2024 10:22 AM

    This will hit badly the maintenance applicants whose spouses go to jail when they can't pay. If they can spend the sentence for non payment at home those who can pay also will default due to anger with their ex spouses and happily spend time at home. They will not have any compulsion to pay.

    Ram Tuesday, 06 February 2024 10:24 AM

    Those who are jailed for non payment of fines are in jail as they cannot pay the fines. Now those who can pay too will go to jail without paying to spend they sentence at home

    Dan Tuesday, 06 February 2024 10:52 AM

    First step to Batalanda??? We are celebrating independence when people can't even honestly speak about their day to day problems. Way to go Mr President.

    Jayampathi Tuesday, 06 February 2024 03:02 PM

    This is a perfect system. A person with a minor offense will not mix with the notorious criminals. Govt. does not need to feed them.

    Jeanne Wednesday, 07 February 2024 02:38 AM

    That's great. But let's also re-introduce the death penalty for convicted rapists and murderers. If we are to use Singapore's legal system as our template, then we should go all the way. That's why the crime rate is so low in Singapore.

    Percy Wijenayake Wednesday, 07 February 2024 12:10 PM

    When in house detention get them to grow vegetables. Idle brains will only help their brains to do more crime.


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