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Dakar Launches Device Set Up to Decongest the Country’s Places of Detention

The Senegalese justice system has for the first time placed two defendants under electronic bracelets instead of sending them to prison. The two people on the electronic bracelet are charged with “criminal conspiracy, attempted fraud and use of forgery in an administrative document,” the daily L’Observateur reported Thursday. They will wear the bracelet while the investigation continues in this case. Senegal inaugurated in mid-November in Dakar the centre responsible for monitoring people under electronic bracelets, a first in West Africa. The country has been talking about introducing the electronic bracelet as an alternative to prison since 2018. It was approved in July 2020 by deputies. Those convicted of rape, paedophilia and drug trafficking are excluded from the scope. The use of this technology has raised reservations among justice professionals and rights advocates. Reservations have been expressed about the capacity of the judicial system in this underdeveloped country to implement the measure, about unequal access to the means of communication that would allow it to be used, and about the fairness of who would or would not benefit from it.