By Michael Boriero
The Quebec government has launched a study into the viability of introducing GPS bracelets for domestic violence offenders as a tool to notify victims, and police officers, if they are in close proximity to each other.
Deputy Premier, and Public Security Minister, Geneviève Guilbault made the announcement last week. According to a press release, the project will take place over two years. The bracelet works by using geolocation, and it consists of two parts.
There is a bracelet worn by the offender and a separate device given to the victim. When an offender gets too close to the device, an alert signal is sent to the police, who will then check in on the victim. The project will cost an estimated $41 million over five years.
“Attacks on women and feminicides have shaken us all over the past few months. We have the power and the duty to reject this violence, collectively and individually,” said Guilbault, adding that this is a step towards reducing the risk of repeat offenders.
Sherbrooke has mobilized several times in the past year due to a surge in domestic violence cases across the province. There have already been 18 feminicides committed in 2021, which has spurred on a rallying cry for change from organizations and women’s shelters.
Quebec plans to deploy its first bracelets in Quebec City next spring. They will be given to defendants tried at the Quebec City Courthouse and detainees at the Quebec City Detention Center. However, one organization in Cookshire-Eaton remains unconvinced.
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