Company flags tracking bracelet for prisoners

By Lanuola Tusani Tupufia ,

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A local company which specialises in tracking devices might just have the solution to the perennial problem of prisoners escaping from jail.

The Chief Executive Officer of Skyeye Samoa, Fa’aso'otauloa Sam Saili, believes they have the knowledge and capacity to implement a tracking bracelet for prisoners. 

During an interview with the Samoa Observer, Fa’asootauloa said while it is not part of their core mission to implement tracking bracelets, he believes it is an idea worth exploring.

 “We do tracking for vehicles so it’s easy for us to incorporate those devices to the system we using for tracking vehicles,” said the C.E.O. 

“That is why we thought there is a lot of concerns about the issue but we can easily integrate the devices used by law enforcement overseas for house arrest on people they want to keep track of their movement (through tracking bracelet).”

Although the company has not raised their ideas with the Samoa Prisons and Correctional Services, the feedback from social media on the idea is positive. 

 Comments on the Skyeye Samoa Facebook page urged the company to look into it. 

The tracking device or known as the ankle monitor in other countries is a device that individuals who are under house arrest or parole are required to wear. 

According to Fa’asootauloa, the bracelet would be a tampered proof one that you cannot take off but should be tested with the correctional environment. 

It was not possible to get an official comment from Prisons on their thoughts on the idea.

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