Workshop highlights potential for electronic monitoring to support desistance

Although often used for public protection and as a punishment alternative to prison, electronic monitoring also has a powerful role to play in supporting positive life changes for service users.  That was one of the key issues that probation practitioners were keen to learn more about in a day-long Probation Institute workshop on electronic monitoring this month. The event, held at Conway Hall in London, attracted leaders from across the criminal justice sector, including Community ...

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Other GPS uses: Forensic mental health

An article by Dave Hearn, Associate Head of Commissioning & Contracting, Health Education Kent, Surrey & Sussex When electronic monitoring was first trialled in the 1960's by the Gable brothers at Harvard the overarching aim was to promote positive behaviours in participants using ideas from behavioural psychological theories. In the ensuing decades electronic monitoring has found widespread use globally as a measure of control and punishment. This article presents some learning ...

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Electronic monitoring: it’s not all bad news

David Raho, a Probation Officer with London CRC (seconded to NAPO), is a member of the Institute's Electronic Monitoring Group. He points to the success of the Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement pilot in London as evidence that, perhaps, EM's time has come. Any mention of electronic monitoring (EM) in its various forms is likely to receive a somewhat lukewarm response from probation practitioners. The main reason for this probably has its origins in the time when EM was first being ...

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Electronic monitoring: calling all CRCs

By Prof Mike Nellis, Emiterus Professor of Law at the University of Strathclyde. New futures for the Probation Service and electronic monitoring (EM) were envisaged in the Ministry of Justice’s 2012 consultation paper, Punishment and Reform – downgrading the former, upgrading the latter - as part of the wider Transforming Rehabilitation agenda. While the transformation of the Service – the creation of 21 Community Rehabilitation Companies and the reconfiguration of a state-based National ...

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Releasing the benefits of tags

Tagging is a well-established and widely recognised criminal justice tool. But how effective has it really been? Charlotte Pickles, Senior Research Director at Reform, explores the issues and makes recommendations for policymakers. Tagging has been used as a criminal justice tool in England and Wales for decades. First piloted in 1988 to enforce curfews, by 2011-12 around 25,000 offenders were being electronically monitored each day. (1) Whilst volumes have increased at pace, the creative ...

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