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Israel: Extension of Temporary Provision for Electronic Monitoring of Persons Released on Bail

(June 17, 2013) On April 30, 2013, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Electronic Monitoring of Persons Released on Bail from Arrest and from Imprisonment (Temporary Order) (Amendment No. 3) Law 5773-2013. Amendment No. 3 extends to March 1, 2014, the application of the law on electronic monitoring, which had originally been enacted in July 2009 and periodically extended. (Electronic Monitoring of Persons Released on Bail from Arrest and Those Released from Imprisonment (Temporary Order) (Amendment No. 3) Law 5773-2013 [in Hebrew], Knesset website; for the original text of the law in Hebrew, see SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, Israel’s official gazette] 5771, No. 2202, 2009 at 154.)

The law authorizes the Prisons Authority to monitor persons who were released on bail through the use of electronic devices to ensure compliance with bail conditions that may restrict such persons’ exit to or entry into specific venues. The Prisons Authority, accordingly, may, among other activities, control the operation of electronic monitoring as well as coordinate the activities of various bodies that participate in operating the monitoring. (SEFER HAHUKIM, supra.)