19 May 2020
New section 212A of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 is in force from 19th May 2020, providing new alcohol abstinence and monitoring powers. Criminals who commit alcohol-fuelled crime may be banned from drinking and made to wear 'sobriety tags' / ankle tags. Drinking could see offenders returned to court for further sanctions.
The ankle tags, which are to be rolled out across England and Wales, perform around-the-clock monitoring of an offender’s sweat to determine whether alcohol has been consumed.
This follows two successful pilot schemes; a national rollout will commence later this year.