Electronic prison tags now available
The Attorney General Office says that as of March 2016, they will be providing electronic prison tags as an alternative to pre-trial custody. Their cost needs to be covered by the user at US$450 + 18% tax per month, with a six-month advance payment, or US$3,200, around RD$146,000 at the current foreign exchange rate. The wrist tags will enable the judiciary to monitor people who are involved in a judicial process.
The tags are provided by Fennix Global Technologies, which is supplying 500 units. The tags are included in the Criminal Procedures Code in Article 226 as an alternative to detention.
Fennix Global’s Linkedin page gives details on the Panama-based company, which was founded by a third generation automotive industry businessman, who created a solution using GPS technology for at the time struggling automotive industry, then used the solution for heavy equipment and machinery in the aftermath of Haiti’s earthquake.
As explained in the LinkedIn page, the Haiti experience led to the foundation of Fennix and that the company merged with various companies in early 2012 to create what is now known as Fennix Global Technologies Inc. The company offers a range of solutions including Criminal Justice Division (monitorINMATES), Asset Tracking Division (theBLACKboxGPS), Security System Division (ipTRONICS) and Personal Tracking Division (myTRACKING) all running in its own fennixOS (Operational System) and all with the ability to be financed by its own fennixLEASING.
As reported in Diario Libre, the tracking units will be used on people’s ankles. They will open four tracking centers in the National District, Santo Domingo East, Santiago and Higuey.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
Feb 29, 2016
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