Police Suggest Wearable "Wi-Fi Jammers" Might be Better Than Prisons

By Gary Cutlack on at

Young people caught doing something bad might soon have to face a terror worse than prison -- a wearable Wi-Fi jammer that blocks all modern fun and sends them back to the 1980s.

The idea's been floated by Chief Superintendent Gavin Thomas from the Police Superintendents' Association, who hasn't really thought too much about how it might work, but still thinks it's a great idea that could have all potentially bad youths safely home and in bed on their phones by 9:30pm rather than being caught out kicking stuff and facing a possible Wi-Fi blackout.

Thomas said: "We have got to stop using 19th century punishments to deal with 21st century crimes. It costs around £38,000 a year to keep someone in prison but if you look at the statistics around short term sentencing the recidivism rate is extraordinarily high."

He's hoping the Ministry of Justice might take a look at the idea, which would use a modified electronic tag and some off-the-shelf signal blocking technology to enforce the ban on young offenders. Laptops with Ethernet sockets might suddenly be in demand again. [Telegraph]

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