Sunday 4 December 2016

Jury is still out on the effectiveness of electronic monitoring system

Published 06/05/2016 | 02:30

'Just how effective electronic monitoring is in terms of reducing re-offending is a topic of much debate'
'Just how effective electronic monitoring is in terms of reducing re-offending is a topic of much debate'

Just how effective electronic monitoring is in terms of reducing re-offending is a topic of much debate. Studies carried out in different countries have pointed to varying rates of success.

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This is perhaps unsurprising, given that the type of offender being tagged and the period when monitoring is used - be it pre-trial, during early release or at some other point - can vary from country to country.

Successive empirical studies in North America and the UK over the past 15 years had found modest or minimal reductions.

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