Electronic monitoring bracelet

Last week, a government spokesperson said the funding for a program that put GPS tracking bracelets, like the one pictured here, on men in Red Deer convicted of abusing their partners was always intended to be short-term. Today, the government decided to extend funding at least until a report is completed this summer. (CBC)

Funding will continue for a pilot program in Red Deer that used GPS-enabled bracelets to track men convicted of abusing their partners.

Justice Minister Jonathan Denis announced late Monday afternoon that he made the decision to continue the program, which was set to end after three years.

“After listening to the concerns of the women participating in the pilot project, I made the decision this weekend to extend the pilot project until after a review of the findings expected this summer,” Denis said in a statement.

Last week, CBC News interviewed several women who were fearing for their lives after learning the GPS program was ending.

An evaluation of the program will be presented to the government in June.