Guatemala: Electronic Tagging Project Resurfaces

A plan is being prepared to implement a pilot project for electronic ankle tags in the prison system before the end of the year.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

By the end of 2014, the Guatemalan government will launch a pilot project to implement electronic tags into the prison system, confirmed the chief of Interior, Mauricio López Bonilla.

"... There is a whole map for the developed of this detention methodology, which involves placing electronic ankle bracelets on inmates which are controlled from a monitoring center and in this way relieve pressure on prisons ...."

"... In addition, it also stipulates the construction of prisons and other modules for the most dangerous inmates and prevent these from mixing with the rest of the prison population."

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Rare Purchase of Electronic Bracelets

June 2016

An alarming trend has been confirmed on the government of Costa Rica involving self-supply between institutions and public companies under contracts that avoid the participation of private enterprises.


The legal tangle that regulates state purchases in Costa Rica is a machine that forces to go out on a pilgrimage in order to acquire, for example, electronic bracelets for prisoners.

Panama: Tender For Ankle Tags Resumed

July 2015

Canceled after the first call, the Security Ministry has announced that preparations are being made for a new competition in August for a contract worth $10 million.

The tender prepared by the Ministry of Security will be for the supply of one thousand electronic ankle tags, the same as in the first call which was canceled due to complaints from participants.

Costa Rica Tenders Electronic Ankle Tags

February 2015

The Ministry of Justice is calling for companies to express their interest in providing the ankle bracelets, setting up a monitoring center and carrying out training for officials of the entity.

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Justice and Peace in Costa Rica:

Panama Tenders Electronic Tags

November 2014

The government has announced that in 2015 it will launch a public tender to purchase security bracelets for $2 million.

From a statement from the Ministry of Public Security in Panama:

The Government will be investing approximately $2 million in bracelets with Global Positioning Systems (GPS), to monitor inmates in prisons, who have special exit permits and those who are being investigated for domestic violence.

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