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Britain considering plan to 'tag and release' prisoners

[JURIST] Faced with a growing problem of overcrowded jails, British officials are considering fitting some prisoners with electronic tags and releasing them, a government minister said Thursday. According to a report [text] in the Times, the plan calls for criminals sentenced to four years in prison to be freed after just 18 months, while those sentenced to a two-year sentence could spend as little as six months in jail. Home Office Minister Fiona MacTaggart [party website] insisted that prisoners would only be freed under the plan if they had been "fully risk assessed." From Britain, the Times has local coverage. AP has more.

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