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Calling time on alcohol-fuelled crime

Ministers and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) had made the decision that, to tackle the high volume of alcohol-related offences, they would commence legislation to introduce Alcohol Abstinence and Monitoring Requirements (AAMRs) as a new option for courts to consider when sentencing. The requirement imposes a ban on drinking alcohol for up to 120 days and for compliance to be electronically monitored. To do this, His Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) needed to introduce an alcohol monitoring service which involved procuring a new technology and designing and testing new processes and procedures to support the service and then launch the new initiative across all courts in England and Wales.

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