Electronic tags to ease prison overcrowding

first_img Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said at the launch of the device in Pretoria on Monday that it would “enhance public safety through electronic monitoring”. 12 November 2013 South Africa’s Department of Correctional Services has launched an electronic monitoring system which will see parolees, people out on bail and those awaiting trial wearing a bracelet fitted with a GPS device that tracks them 24/7. Ndebele said this would result in substantial savings for taxpayers by reducing the cost of keeping offenders in prison and easing overcrowding in the country’s jails. “It is cost-effective, as presently it costs the taxpayer over R9 876.35 per month to incarcerate an inmate. For electronic monitoring, the monthly cost per offender is R3 379. This is a saving of almost R6 500 per offender every month,” he said. Once the bracelet is fitted and activated, it cannot be removed without breaking the transmitter, strap or connecting clips. Interference with the equipment, including tampering or failing to charge the receiver, is relayed to the control room. “No address means no bail and no parole,” said Ndebele, adding that about 15% to 20% of awaiting-trial detainees were in custody because they could not afford bail. As of 7 November, the Department of Correctional Services had a total of 154 897 inmates in their custody. Sentenced offenders numbered 112 121 while remand detainees numbered 42 776. “The roll-out of the device has been budgeted in the next financial year,” said Ndebele. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

New country souvenir, Vietnam, with Geocache of the Week: Ghost Park

first_img Difficulty: 1.5 Terrain: 2 Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Location: Vietnam N 16° 24.433 E 107° 34.685 Vietnam is a country with many facets to explore and we are excited to announce that it is now adding more brilliance to the game of geocaching with its very own souvenir! Image by M&O&P. Image by Gazelle5111. The biggest attraction is the building that once housed the aquarium. From the outside, the three-story structure looks like it is in the grasp of a large stone dragon. The dragon is in fact part of the building and visitors can enter and climb up into the dragon’s mouth to see a breathtaking view of the Thuy Tien Lake. This week’s Geocache of the Week brings cachers to the eastern coast of Vietnam, just outside the city of Hue. Ghost Park – GC6GDTH is hidden in the Ho Thuy Tien waterpark. The waterpark once attracted visitors looking to enjoy the waterslides and aquarium, but closed only a few years after opening. Traditional GC6GDTH by Scubabird Image by Ky Devas. Cachers coming to find GC6GDTH should add extra time to their outing to ensure they can explore all parts of the park. A walk through the grounds takes visitors to an overgrown amphitheater, abandoned waterslides surrounded by lush palm trees, and graffiti-covered villas. Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form. Share with your Friends:More A true geocaching paradise, Vietnam boasts diverse natural beauty. Landscapes range from the densely forested highlands and the rocky bays near Ha Long in the north, to the Annamite Mountain Range with its tropical climate in the Central Highlands, and the coastal lowlands with their sandy beaches along the southeastern border. Image by Ger_MM. Image by Karmansbo. We know geocachers love country and regional souvenirs and we do too! We are releasing at least one new country/regional souvenir per month starting in January 2019. These new souvenirs will be featured alongside Geocaches of the Week in each region and shared on the third Wednesday of each month. Check out all of the Geocaching souvenirs here. With its haunting location and dazzling natural beauty, Ghost Park is just one of many amazing geocaching locations in Vietnam leading visitors and locals alike to exciting places regular tourists might never get to see. Now visitors come to Ho Thuy Tien to see how it has changed. The space that once resounded with warm weather cheer is now filled with an air of mystery, where the impressive structures rust and the natural surroundings slowly take over the park.  Image by M&O&P. Bustling cities, delicious food, and breathtaking landscapes attract over 15 million visitors per year. Located in tropical Southeast Asia, Vietnam showcases that modern lifestyles, traditions, and mother nature can coexist side by side. In busy urban areas, such as Hanoi, you will find ancient temples next to chic rooftop bars, while the farmers in the Mekong and Red River deltas follow the rhythm of their harvest. SharePrint RelatedNew country souvenir, United Arab Emirates, with Geocache of the Week: Burj Khalifa a Virtual RewardNovember 20, 2019In “Community”New country souvenir, Monaco, with Geocache of the Week: Chemin des pecheursJuly 17, 2019In “Community”New country souvenir, Cuba, with Geocache of the Week: Virtual Reward – FusterlandiaAugust 21, 2019In “community”last_img read more