17 May 2021

Capita supports Ministry of Justice to deliver the first national rollout of sobriety tags in England

Guest Blog: Alistair Murray, Managing Director, Justice, Central Government & Transport at Capita shares information on the recently announced Electronic Monitoring Service (EMS), and their work with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to rollout the sobriety tags across England, as part of the Alcohol Abstinence and Monitoring Requirement (AAMR). #DigitalJustice2021 week!

The ankle tags will be fitted by EMS field officers to people who have received a court-mandated alcohol abstinence order. These orders can be given to individuals who commit alcohol-related crime and are designed to help address their past behaviour and support their rehabilitation.

When a person, who has been tagged, requires advice and support, they can contact trained EMS staff on a free phone number. The sobriety tag is one part of the alcohol abstinence order, and individuals who are given one will be provided with further professional support to aid their rehabilitation.

Alistair Murray, Capita’s managing director for Justice, Central Government and Transport, said: “We are proud to be supporting the Ministry of Justice to deliver the first national rollout of sobriety tags in England. This innovative technology will help enable the rehabilitation of individuals who commit alcohol-related crimes in the country and help make our society safer.”

The tags, supplied by AMS, come equipped with sensors that provide around-the-clock monitoring of an individual’s sweat which can tell whenever alcohol has been consumed. Crucially, the tags understand the difference between an alcoholic drink and other substances or liquids which contain alcohol, such as hand sanitiser.

The rollout in England follows the successful launch of the programme in Wales in October 2020, which was also supported by EMS. The Wales programme has to date seen more than 100 people with alcohol abstinence orders issued with sobriety tags.

Minister for Crime and Policing, Kit Malthouse MP said: “These tags have already brought enormous benefit to Wales since they were introduced in October, with one offender I met saying it not only changed his ways but also saved his life”.

"This smart and powerful new tool is helping the fight against alcohol-fuelled violence which ruins too many lives and families and creates mayhem in our town centres".

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Georgina Henley

Georgina Henley

Head of Justice and Emergency Services, techUK

Georgie joined techUK as the Justice and Emergency Services (JES) Programme Manager in March 2020, then becoming Head of Programme in January 2022.

Georgie leads techUK's engagement and activity across our blue light and criminal justice services, engaging with industry and stakeholders to unlock innovation, problem solve, future gaze and highlight the vital role technology plays in the delivery of critical public safety and justice services. The JES programme represents suppliers by creating a voice for those who are selling or looking to break into and navigate the blue light and criminal justice markets.

Prior to joining techUK, Georgie spent 4 and a half years managing a Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) in Westminster. She worked closely with the Metropolitan Police and London borough councils to prevent and reduce the impact of crime on the business community. Her work ranged from the impact of low-level street crime and anti-social behaviour on the borough, to critical incidents and violent crime.

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