Satellites used to track mentally-ill violent criminals (UK)

A buddi-based satellite tracking pilot scheme designed to monitor the movements of violent offenders with mental health problems is to be expanded. The system is intended to prevent patients absconding or offending while they attend court or they are allowed out of hospital on authorised, unaccompanied visits. The number of times patients have breached their leave conditions has fallen substantially since the devices were introduced. “We can… enhance the trusting relationship between the clinical services and the patient.” says Professor Tom Fahy, a consultant psychiatrist in a news item from the BBC. This story is currently making the national UK media. Earlier item from This is Local London gives more context for the problem that the tracking devices are addressing. UPDATE Fri 27th: BBC Radio interview[Disclosure: buddi has advertised on Telecare Aware.]