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About 400 offenders escape the prison

A notorious swindler, and a forger of Solothurn tried it. Just as a man who had passed away in Bern at the girl. Or a drugs courier who smuggled in Schaffhausen 1600 pills across the border. They all wanted to go to the prison and requested instead an electronic ankle cuff.

Starting in 1999, tested the seven cantons of the alternative form of Execution. Since 2018 will now have to offer all the so-called Electronic Monitoring. A survey by this newspaper shows for the first time the dimensions: 433 applications were approved last year. Over the year, around 9,000 admissions to the prison a significant number. And probably just the beginning. Because most of the foot shackles granted Vaud (120), Geneva (83) and Berne (57). All test cantons that know the System already for a long time. New providers, such as St. gall (5), Zurich (2) or Lucerne (1), however, were very cautious.

Many Condemned scheiternan the high-pads

"Electronic Monitoring is still little known, both in the case of the convicted persons, as well as to the Prosecutor's offices and courts," says Michael Bühl from the Zurich office for judicial enforcement. In addition, the foot had shackles in the case of Judgments from 2018 to apply. Bühl also refers to the prerequisites. "Electronic Monitoring, for example, is possible only if the sentenced Person has a right of residence in Switzerland."

in Addition, candidates have to have according to the law, a permanent accommodation, as well as a regular job, training or employment of at least 20 hours per week. There is no escape or danger of a relapse. And foot ankle is the only in place of imprisonment for up to twelve months, permitted or Enforcement of easing at the end of a long stick.

Many Convicts fail to meet these requirements. In the Canton of Thurgau, in the Jura mountains, in Solothurn 2018 has rejected any second resolution. In the Valais, 39 were Convicted, an application – only 10 received a commitment. "The bar is extremely high," criticises David, mill man, of the advice deprivation of liberty of "People in the execution of penalties and Measures have regularly had neither a permanent job nor the Swiss nationality." These groups are excluded systematically from the Electronic Monitoring, to be socially and politically nonsensical.

100 francs per Person and day

unlike the stay in prison, offenders are not from the social and professional environment ripped. An analysis commissioned by the Federal government in the test cantons showed that Two years after Electronic Monitoring, 23 percent of the offenders were due. In the case of inmates with a similar amount of sanctions, the relapse rate was 33 percent. Ankle cuffs also relieve the burden on the well-filled Swiss prisons. And reduce the cost. In the Eastern part of Switzerland about 100 Swiss francs per Person and day arise when Electronic Monitoring, according to the list of fees. For the closed prisons, however, are estimated according to the institution, around 200 Swiss francs.

Nevertheless, some of the cantons of warn. "There is a risk that Electronic Monitoring overestimated because of a blind faith in Technology, combined with a lack of knowledge of the possibilities and limits of this form of Sanction, and as a supposed miracle weapon of miss understood," write to the prison authorities of the North - West and Central Switzerland in a basis paper. Foot is not allowed to captivate it technically, the whereabouts at any time and without gaps. In addition, the staff lacked round-the-clock. "It should be emphasised that Electronic Monitoring is not a suitable means to prevent crime."

6 percent of all cases had to be cancelled

In the basis paper, Claude D. shows up. He abducted a pastor's daughter, Marie, and strangled her. Although he had to wear a GPS bracelet because he had been shot earlier by a woman. For horror, the serial rapist, Markus W., stunned in spite of electronic Monitoring, two women, and abused. Or, most recently, William W., The child will have a difficult time availing of Milan harassed while in a setting with foot, ankle, once again a boy.

in 2017, were discontinued in the test cantons of 6 per cent of all Electronic monitoring. For example, because the Affected had lost their jobs. "And it's not from time to time that someone is at the agreed time to be home," says Barbara Looser, head of the St. Gallen office for judicial enforcement. "Some may declare this to be plausible – for example, in the case of a Cancellation. Others do not, which leads to a warning. And in the case of repetition, you must to prison." The alarms go immediately to the authorities. However, this happens at night or on the weekend, will respond on the next working day. Also Looser stressed: "It is a real-time Monitoring. Rather, a check to the Office."

this is Precisely why the strict rules. "The legislature chose, the conditions imposed very restrictive," says Patrick Cotti, Director of the Swiss centre of expertise in prison. He points out that sentences of imprisonment may amount to a maximum of 12 months. "So is excluded, as dangerous as assessed people with foot shackles."

(Sunday newspaper)

Created: 26.01.2019, 21:27 PM

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