Quebec to introduce tracking bracelets for some conjugal violence offenders

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MONTREAL — Quebec's public security minister says the province will begin requiring some domestic violence offenders to wear electronic tracking bracelets beginning next spring.

Geneviève Guilbault says the program, which will be rolled out gradually across the province, is designed to give victims a better sense of security and ensure offenders better comply with the conditions of their release.

The devices usually consist of an ankle bracelet worn by the offender, as well as a second element in the victim's possession.

Authorities are alerted when the two devices begin to come too close together, and police can be sent out if the distance between them continues to decrease.

Quebec has experienced a spate of femicides since the beginning of 2021, with an unofficial count putting the number at 18.

Tracking devices were a key recommendation of a coroner's report into the death of Marylène Levesque, who was murdered in a Quebec City hotel room in January 2020 by a convicted killer out on parole.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 1, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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