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Ankle bracelet system flawed

NASSAU — The discovery of a dead man wearing an ankle bracelet on Monday has renewed the government’s concerns about the electronic monitoring programme, and has officials searching for answers.

Police believe the man was dead for at least a week.

Minister of State for National Security Keith Bell said yesterday the number of people who were killed while being monitored is “totally unacceptable”.

He said the programme is clearly “flawed”.

Prime Minister Perry Christie also suggested yesterday the government may have to find a new company to monitor the people being electronically monitored.

But he said he did not want to pre-judge I.C.S. Security Concepts, the company contracted for the programme.

“The questions that I would‚have, the questions that the average person would have, must be answered,” Christie said.

“The answers would determine whether in fact you are talking about a new contractor.”

Bell said based on his understanding, the system has the ability to pick up when someone being monitored is stationary for a period of time.

Police have not yet released the identity of the man whose body was found on a dirt road near the South Beach Canal on Monday.

Police said two fired cartridges were found near the body and the man’s shirt had bloodstains.

Police believe he is a 30-year-old resident of Kennedy subdivision.

Asked how many people died this year while being monitored, Bell responded: “A totally unacceptable number. That’s what I would say.

“We have had a number of people, who were either found murdered on the ankle bracelet system or they were targeted or they actually went out there and committed more crimes this year.” (Nassau Guardian)

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