What future for electronic monitoring?

Last week we held a symposium on the future of electronic monitoring of those under a criminal justice sanction in England and Wales. The symposium heard from Dr Hannah Graham, from the University of Stirling and Professor Mike Nellis, from the University of Strathclyde.

Dr Graham spoke about the Scottish experience of electronic monitoring, as well as international evidence on impact and effectiveness. Professor Nellis spoke about how electronic monitoring might be used, and about the risks of its inappropriate use.

Comment on new tagging contract for G4S

Our director Richard Garside is quoted in a Guardian story this morning over the award of a £25m tagging contract to the controversial private security company, G4S.

Under the contract, the company will supply equipment for the new generation of GPS tags to monitor the movements of convicted offenders.

G4S is currently under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office into allegations that it overcharged on a previous monitoring contract.

Experiencing electronic monitoring

Delphine Vanhaelemeesch reports on the Belgian model

In Belgium, EM-supervision was extended to the national level in 2000 and received an explicit legal base in the 17 May 2006 Act on the External Legal Position of Prisoners. Over time there has been a slow but steady increase in the number of people being subjected to EM in Belgium.


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