Nearly 400 suspects out on bail are wearing electronic monitoring ankle bracelets and despite the criticisms, President and CEO of ICS Security Concepts Stephen Greenslade said he is confident the system is doing its job.
On Monday a 30-year-old man was found in an advanced state of decomposition through a tract road near the South Beach Canal.
Believed to have been a resident of Kennedy Subdivision, the victim was wearing an electronic ankle bracelet.
“I will confirm that the programme is running efficiently and effectively,” he said. “We are actively monitoring 386 offenders in all offense categories with great success, our communication with all relevant agencies remain strong and positive.
“The programme has matured significantly over the past three years, from inception. The company’s confidence in this programme remains very high and urges all concerned to support it, as it remains a critical component in the overall crime management tools the country has at its disposal.”
The man, who up to press time had still not been identified, is not the only one wearing the ankle bracelet who was found dead in recent times.
In fact, a number of people out on bail and wearing ankle bracelets were able to disable them, find a way to make them go undetected and even turn them off.
“If we mismanage the perception then we destroy what we have built before we push it to its full potential,” Mr. Greenslade added.
“ICS will continue to deliver quality service to The Bahamas through the monitoring of offenders and we remain steadfast in our efforts to meet the expectations of our client, The Bahamas government and the Bahamian society.”
Prime Minister Perry Christie also commented on the issue on Tuesday, noting that the government will undertake a process to determine the effectiveness of the system and if it is time to give that contract to a new company.
“Clearly the minister of national security has to have under review the monitoring system as to its effectiveness, as to our own capacity to monitor it efficiently because questions arise which have to be answered,” he said. “It is intended to be effective.
“There are all sorts of questions we have to ask, for example, are the laws such that if you order an ankle bracelet placed on an individual, whether you can restrict that individual geographically on terms of movement, whether the system enables tracking and therefore whether the manpower is in place to effectively track people and therefore to know if something has happened to someone. The answers will determine whether you’re talking about a new contractor.”