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Booze detecting anklets for offenders

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/05/2017
File photo of a GPS monitoring anklet. © AP File photo of a GPS monitoring anklet.

Alcohol-detecting anklets are being trialled over two years on 50 released offenders in a bid to crack down on booze-fuelled crime.

Some high-risk offenders on parole and people on bail who have been ordered not to drink will be fitted with the anklets, which can detect the presence of alcohol in sweat.

They take regular readings which are uploaded every 24 hours to be analysed by experts in the United States. Corrections will received a report at 8am each day.

The anklets don't have GPS monitoring and some people may be forced to wear an anklet on both legs.

Police Minister Paula Bennett and Corrections Minister Louise Upston say the new law, which came into force last week, it empowers staff to get evidence about drug or alcohol consumption.

"Negative tests can provide evidence of sobriety to employers and help offenders get a job," Ms Upston said.

The new laws aim to help police and corrections to better ensure offenders in the community or defendants on bail are adhering to conditions to not take alcohol or drugs.

The main form of testing will still be urine samples and existing breath-alcohol technology, and the anklets will only be used on some high-risk offenders in Corrections' northern region.

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