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29 convicts to kick off monitoring initiative

Twenty-nine inmates set for release this month will be the first to be required to wear an electronic tag under a new law aimed at preventing people convicted of sexual and violent crimes from reoffending.

The law could see former convicts monitored by the recently established Justice Safety Observation Ad Hoc Center (JSOC) for up to 10 years, according to Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin.

He also said that the Criminal Court has the authority to both reduce and increase the period of post-release surveillance, or reincarcerate any inmates who violate the terms of their release or are considered very likely to repeat their offences.

Monday marked the first day of the implementation of the law, which was published in the Royal Gazette on Oct 25 last year.

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