In the Media

Call to relieve jails by tagging defendants

PUBLISHED November 11, 2005

Ministers are urging the courts to put more defendants under a curfew backed by an electronic tagging system instead of remanding them to prison to curb the rapid rise in the jail population. The emergency measure is being taken after the prison population in England and Wales hit an all-time high of 77,774 a fortnight ago - 525 short of capacity.