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GPS bracelets to safeguard mentally disordered offenders in Netherlands

The TBS system of secure hospitalisation for offenders with psychiatric difficulties in the Netherlands is to be reformed. TBS patients will in future wear GPS-tracking ankle bracelets when on supervised visits outside the hospital to cut down on escapes. The movements of the person wearing such bracelets can be tracked with great accuracy by GPS positional satellites.

The Dutch Parliament decided on the changes during a debate on the case of sex offender Wilhelm Schippers, 40, who is alleged to have killed a 73-year-old man. Schippers was on the run for a week after escaping from his guards in Utrecht train station when returning from a supervised visit to his family.

He was allegedly in possession of a loaded gun when he was recaptured next to the murder victim’s house on Tuesday night . The victim’s body was found in a motorboat on a canal. MPs decided during the debate on Thursday that the principle underlying the TBS system — re-socialisation and an eventual return to society — will remain unaltered. He agreed to a parliamentary inquiry into the entire TBS system and Donner will also put together a commission of experts to make recommendations on possible improvements.