A new system to keep tabs on high-risk offenders in BC is one step closer to reality.
BC Corrections has finalized the contract with the company chosen to head up a re-vamped program to electronically monitor high-risk offenders.
Staff training and equipment testing are next.
The province chose U.K.-based company Buddi Ltd. back in August to spearhead the new devices.
The new system will allow corrections officials to program ankle bracelets to track offenders and ensure they don’t violate the terms of their release conditions.
Earlier this year,BC Justice Minister Suzanne Anton acknowledged the current system was ‘out of date.’
The issue came up after the murder of 17-year-old Serena Vermeersch in Surrey.
The man charged in her death, Raymond Caissie, was a high-risk offender who was not being monitored electronically.
The province’s monitoring system was found to be archaic, requiring the use of a home telephone line.