Pilot program in pipeline for electronic tagging of prisoners in Greece

Greece will in the next two years run a pilot scheme for the electronic tagging of prisoners aimed at reducing overcrowding in jails, according to a presidential decree put to public consultation.

Initially, 200 prisoners who are serving sentences of up to 10 years as well as detainees in pretrial custody will be placed under house arrest, during which they will have to wear the ankle bracelets.

The electronic tagging scheme will be put to tender and the private company overseeing the project with be responsible for informing authorities if the signal from one of the devices is lost for more than five minutes.

The scheme will cost 15 euros per day per prisoner and the cost will be paid by the inmates unless they can prove they do not have the financial means to do so.