(May 2, 2008) On April 15, 2008, the Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, received a proposal for a law, prepared by State Deputy Dionío Lins, stipulating that convicted felons on parole must be monitored at all times by using an electronic device either on the wrist or on the ankle, which is capable of providing the exact location of the person. According to Lins, the idea is to better monitor the whereabouts of the convicted felon. To illustrate, Lins gave the example that if a convicted person exhibits good behavior while incarcerated, the law grants to that person the benefit of spending Easter at home. However, many of the beneficiaries of this legal provision never return to prison after the home visit.
A similar measure has already been approved by the legislature in the State of São Paulo, but some specialists in constitutional law argue that this issue can only be regulated at the federal level. To be enforced, the proposed law needs to be discussed, voted on, and approved by the Legislative Assembly and be signed by the Rio de Janeiro Governor. (Projeto de Deputado Propõe que Presos em Liberdade Condicional Usem Chip de Localização, O GLOBO (O)NLINE, Apr. 16, 2008.)