Wednesday , 24 July 2024

Iran Allocates $8.1 Million to Procure Ankle Monitors for Prisoners

Iranwire – Iran’s Parliament has approved allocating $8.1 million of public money to the country’s Prison Organization for the procurement of electronic ankle monitors for prisoners. 

The move comes despite laws stipulating that prisoners must pay for their monitoring devices.

According to the 2022 national budget, the Prison Organization had estimated earning around $489,000 from selling ankle monitors to inmates. 

However, the newly approved $8.1 million allocation dwarfs this projected revenue by over 16 times, according to a new report by data analysis group Iran Open Data.

Under Iranian regulations, prisoners are required to pay between 2,000 to 50,000 tomans ($0.03 to $0.81) per day for ankle monitors, amounting to 1.5 million tomans ($24.45) per month or 18 million tomans ($293) annually per inmate monitored.

Official judiciary data from April 2023 indicates that at least 9,000 prisoners had hand or ankle monitoring devices. 

This means the Prison Organization earned around 160 billion tomans ($2.6 million) from device fees alone – five times higher than its allocated budget for monitor procurement.

The spending restrictions on resources are specified in the budget and other laws. 

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Click here to read Iran Open Data’s article in Persian. 

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