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More electronic anklets for NT youth crims

GUNNER ABC NEWS JAMES DUNLEVIE

PHOTO CREDIT - ABC NEWS: JAMES DUNLEVIE

The Northern Territory government will fast-track laws allowing increased use of electronic monitoring on young criminals to curb reoffending.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner will seek to pass legislation on urgency in parliament next month that expands police powers, enabling them to put anklets on juveniles they bail.

"There is a real opportunity for police to act early, to monitor kids at risk, and prevent them from a life of crime," he said on Wednesday.

"It also helps the offender address peer group pressure to commit another crime."

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