N.S. eyes tracking psychiatric patients with GPS bracelets

Nova Scotia is considering GPS monitoring for forensic psychiatric patients, the health and wellness minister said Wednesday. Leo Glavine said it is still early days, but the government is looking at using the satellite-based tracking system that would include bracelets for patients.Glavine said global positioning system monitoring is in place in the United Kingdom but not used in Canada. He said it is an idea the province’s lawyers and other civil servants will need to research. “I certainly am very prepared to be a lead in Canada, if this is the right direction to go,” Glavine told reporters at Province House in Halifax. Health and Justice Department officials are to work on the GPS monitoring matter, he said “We’re prepared to take a look and see whether it means a safer Nova Scotia.”

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