Headlines: September 27th, 2000

Electronic tagging, pagers and voice verification systems will be used in a scheme to check on the whereabouts of some 2500 persistent young offenders in a scheme to be launched in April 2001. It is estimated that about 25% of youth crime is committed by 3% of young offenders and targeted monitoring is thought to offer the prospect of cost effective crime reduction.Electronic tagging will allow checks to be made twice daily on the whereabouts of young offenders. Some offenders will be provided with pagers which will automatically remind them to call in. Calls will be recorded automatically and the voice verification system will be programmed only to accept calls from the offender.

Youth offending teams will select teenagers who have been charged or warned for a serious offence four or more times in the previous 12 months. As well as monitoring, the 6 month programme will include education and supervision lasting 5 hours each day on weekday