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GPS offender tagging farce tied to privatised probation

In a letter in today's Guardian, tagging expert Mike Nellis calls for the 'over-complex, outsourced infrastructure set in place to manage the mass expansion of GPS tracking' to be dismantled', to be replaced by 'a modest and sensible use of tagging.. properly integrated into a restored, publicly owned probation service, as it mostly is in mainland Europe'.

The Centre is currently working with Mike Nellis and partners across the penal reform sector to explore the possibilities for a progressive vision for the future of electronic monitoring. This followed a private...

29 January 2018
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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...

25 January 2018
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Scrap 'vanity project' tagging scheme call

Our Director, Richard Garside, today called on the Ministry of Justice to scrap its 'vanity project' GPS tagging programme, and focus its energies on more pressing problems, such as the prisons and probation crises.

His call came in response to a...

12 July 2017
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The global trade in (techno) corrections

Craig Paterson questions whether the momentum can be tamed Electronic monitoring (EM) and offender technologies have developed as responses to the problem of prison overcrowding and the focus on introducing market values to the criminal justice sector, incorporating advances in information and...
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Abolishing electronic monitoring in Australia

Marietta Martinovi c highlights the fate of home detention in the state of Victoria Who says that punitive forms of electronic monitoring (EM) are expanding everywhere? The EM-home detention programme in Victoria was abolished in 2011 by the conservative coalition parties, which formed the state...
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Designed for men, but also worn by women

Ella Holdsworth and Anthea Hucklesbury point at the gender gap when coping with electronic monitoring Women offenders differ from male offenders in a number of respects. Overall they are less risky than men. They commit fewer, less serious offences and are less likely to be reconvicted. They also...
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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...
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Pre-trial electronic monitoring in Portugal

Nuno Caiado explores 24-hour confinement The introduction of electronic monitoring (EM) in Portugal was a response to particular penal problems in the 1990s. Like many other European countries, we struggled with the growth of our prison population. Incarceration rates reached almost 150 prisoners...
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Data protection and electronic monitoring in Germany

Silke Eilzer explains the cautious approach and insists in the centrality of data protection Shelves with a length of 111 kilometres full of files on citizens, 1.7 million pictures, 27,600 tape recordings and 2,800 video recordings: this, according to the Federal Commissioner for its records, is...
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Professionalising electronic monitoring in the Netherlands

Michiel van der Veen outlines steps to make it more efficient Like England and Wales and Sweden, the Netherlands was one of the first European countries to show political and professional interest in electronic monitoring (EM), piloting a radio frequency scheme in 1995 and mainstreaming it as a...
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Old and new uses of electronic monitoring in Sweden

Jan Bungerfeld t describes integration with social work and its uses in other agencies Sweden had extensive experience in using noncustodial measures in order to decrease the use of imprisonment even before the advent of electronic monitoring (EM). ‘Conditional custodial sentences’ – made by judges...
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