Para Handy Posted January 15, 2008 Report Share Posted January 15, 2008 Prisoners To Be Chip-Tagged Like Animals January 14, 2008Read more Gadgets , Gizmodo UK , Technology , Wireless Ever since hanging and deportation were banned as methods of dealing with societyâ€™s undesirables, the UK powers that be have been searching for a new way of dealing with the trash. According to reports today, UK ministers think radio frequency identification (RFID) tags could be it and are drawing up plans to have prisoners surgically tagged with RFID chips under the skin. This is certainly a controversial step up from the dodgy RFID bracelets in use today. rfid tags.jpg The idea is that this kind of tagging could help create more space in UK jails and enforce community orders like home curfew via satellite. Similar tagging is already used on cats, dogs and airport luggage but this would be the first time it would be used on prisoners in the UK. A senior Ministry of Justice source, speaking to The Independent, said: â€œWe have wanted to take advantage of this technology for several years, because it seems a sensible solution to the problems we are facing in this area. We have looked at it and gone back to it and worried about the practicalities and the ethics, but when you look at the challenges facing the criminal justice system, it's time has come.â€ More than 17,000 criminals are subject to electronic monitoring now via bracelets but almost 2,000 of them manage to evade monitoring by tampering with the devices. No doubt this plan to tag criminals like dogs will spark some lively debate.-Martin Lynch Any comments Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.