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State-of-the-art electronic monitoring for offenders

Attorney General and Minister for Justice Brad Hazzard and Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin unveiled the new state-of-the-art electronic monitoring anklets and tracking software as they toured the state's new 24-hour-a-day electronic monitoring room at Silverwater Correctional Complex.

This new equipment will strengthen round-the-clock surveillance of a small group of around 55 parolees and high-risk Extended Supervision Order (ESO) offenders who are already on GPS monitoring in the community. It will also be fitted to 430 lower-risk offenders including home detainees who are on in-home curfew monitoring, so they can be subject to GPS spot location checks.

Extended Supervisions Orders apply to a small group of violent and sex offenders who have finished their jail sentences, whom the Supreme Court considers require monitoring on their release into the community.

In a further boost to the enforcement of ESO conditions, six detectives are being seconded to investigate and immediately pursue criminal charges against any offender who is alleged to have breached the conditions of an ESO.

Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the NSW Police Force for the secondment of the detectives to the Corrective Services Investigation Unit.

While no equipment is completely tamper-proof, the anklet is difficult to remove, having more than five times the strength of the previous anklets.

Corrective Services NSW Commissioner Peter Severin said that while the devices alone could not prevent reoffending, they were a powerful deterrent. Evidence they collected of the offender's movements could be used in court if required.

"It's important the community knows this anklet is not a magic bullet to prevent reoffending but, when combined with the close supervision and management of our Community Corrections officers, it does lower reoffending risks,'' he said.

"It can alert us to patterns of potential non-compliance that warrant further investigation, so this technology is an important aid for our officers as we strive to continually improve how we protect the community."