electronic monitoring

National media cover our research on tagging contracts

You might have noticed that our work has been getting some media coverage recently. An analysis of government spending data by our Research and Policy Assistant, Matt Ford, published on 25 June, was picked up by a number of news outlets.

The analysis found that G4S and Serco are still being paid millions for providing electronic tagging equipment to the Ministry of Justice, despite being under criminal investigation for overcharging when they ran the contracts.

Sobriety tags: a good idea?

Writing in The Guardian, Deborah Orr comments on 'Sobriety tags' due to be trialled in four London boroughs. She explains that given the relationship between drunkeness and arrests, and the lacklustre performance of prisons in acheiving their aims, or indeed providing a humane environment for prisoners, the devices 'offer punishment and opportunity in a way prison rarely does'.

Call for most prisoners to be held in open conditions

Our director Richard Garside appeared on Going Underground, Russia Today's UK current affairs programme, talking about absconding prisoners, electronic monitoring and criminal justice privatisation.

Richard argued that the vast majority of prisoners did not need to be held in high security conditions and that open prisons should be the rule rather than the exception.

He also said that far fewer people abscond from prisons in England and Wales now than was the case a decade ago.

Serco to be investigated over sex assault claim

Private outsourcing company Serco is to be investigated by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, The Guardian reports. The investigation comes after the company was forced to disclose a secret internal report revealing evidence that it failed to investigate properly a claim of repeated sexual assaults by one of its staff against a female resident at Yarl's Wood immigration detention centre.

Electronic monitoring - dangerous if left to its own devices?

The March 2014 issue of Criminal Justice Matters is now available and contains a series of articles exploring the use of electronic monitoring (EM) in the UK and abroad.

Guest editor, Professor Mike Nellis, of the University of Strathclyde considers the role of the private sector in dispersing 'offender surveillance outside the boundaries of a recognisable criminal justice system'. Reflecting on the articles in this issue of cjm, Mike warns that;


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