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  Tagged teens will get out of jail early
Updated 29 May 2002, 11.40
Up to 1500 young offenders could be released early under the scheme
As many as 1,500 young offenders could be released early if they agree to be electronically tagged.

  Click here to find out what it's like to be tagged

It's hoped the tagging scheme for 12 to 17-year-olds will help take the pressure off overcrowded prisons.

The tag can be worn on the wrist or ankle.

It's hoped the scheme will reduce overcrowding in jails
It lets the authorities know if the tagged person tries to leave their home during hours that the courts have decided they can't.

The young offenders will be released up to two months early if they agree to the scheme.

Curfew

They'll be allowed out during the day to go to work or classes, but will have to stay at home during the evening under curfew.

  Click here for our guide to the law

If they break the curfew they may be sent back to jail.

However, probation officers say if the scheme is to work it must be supported by more people working with young offenders on the streets.

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