Saskatchewan. to keep an eye out for more with the expansion of the anklets program

Under the current program, 163 people are being monitored. The devices are used to monitor people out on bail or serving sentences in the community.

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The Saskatchewan government wants to expand surveillance using GPS technology to keep tabs on 120 more people, bringing its electronic surveillance capacity to 310, according to a new tender released this week.

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The Ministry of Corrections, Police and Public Safety administers the current program through offices located in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert. Currently, it can monitor up to 190 people 24/7 in rural and urban areas.

A request for proposals for a five-year agreement with a supplier was published on Tuesday. According to the RFP, the province is “exploring” upgrading the current monitoring system to have cellular and non-cellular radio frequency monitoring.

The existing program currently oversees 163 people in various locations, the ministry said Thursday.

Saskatchewan’s program was introduced in 1990, initially as an option for community sentences rather than custody. He would message a computer through phone lines and a probation officer would be called if the person being monitored was not home when they were supposed to be, a June 1990 StarPhoenix article reported.

Over the years, the use of ankle monitors has expanded; they can also be used for judicial interim release — bail — and conditional sentence orders.

The program began with a six-month pilot project in Prince Albert, when the daily cost of electronically monitoring a person was estimated to be between $10 and $12.

The ministry said it could not provide further details on the planned expansion while the procurement process is ongoing.

The province’s current contract with its supplier is ending, and the province recently established the Warrant Enforcement and Removal Team (WEST), consisting of 10 people. which focuses on “notorious offenders” who either have arrest warrants against them or are violating court-ordered conditions.

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