03/13/2013 10:55 EDT | Updated 05/13/2013 05:12 EDT

Alberta Convicts Will No Longer Wear Ankle Electronic Monitoring Bracelets


EDMONTON -- The electronic monitoring of criminals has been axed by the Alberta government.

The province had been funding a program that sees some convicts outfitted with ankle bracelets, but it was cut in the Alberta budget last week.

Solicitor General Jonathan Denis said the move saves $1 million a year and affects about 50 criminals categorized as low risk and who were being tracked to enforce curfews.

High-risk offenders will still be monitored through a separate program by the Calgary police.

The federal corrections system also has a program that will continue monitoring offenders as ordered by the courts.

A spokesman with the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees criticized the decision to cut the program, saying the government will have to take responsibility if one of those criminals who are no longer monitored commits a violent crime.

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