23 APRIL 2015
The Probation Institute is pleased to announce the launch of its first Policy and Practice Group, which will be looking at the use of Electronic Monitoring and related technologies in probation and broader community justice services.
The Group’s terms of reference are:
“To examine the policy, practice and emerging evidence on various forms of Electronic Monitoring and other relevant technologies, consider the actual or potential impacts for probation and community justice, drawing attention to the ethics, benefits and potential pitfalls, and to establish Probation Institute guidelines to support the practice of its members and more widely in the criminal justice sector.
The Working group should complete its work within twelve months”
The Group’s members are leading academics, criminal justice policy makers, stakeholders and practitioners:
David Bebb – Head of Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan, Wales CRC
Trevor Beckford – Solicitor &Legal Enforcement Advisor, Electronic Monitoring Services (EMS)
Jo Easton – Head of Policy & Research, Magistrates Association
Savas Hadjipavlou – Chief Executive, Probation Institute
David Hearn – Darzi Fellow, Oxleas NHS Trust
Andy Homer – Operations Support Manager, Electronic Monitoring Services (EMS)
Anthea Hucklesby – Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Leeds
Mike Nellis – Emeritus Professor of Criminal and Community Justice, University of Strathclyde
Neil Moloney – Chief Executive, BENCH CRC
David Raho – Probation Officer, London CRC (Seconded to NAPO)
Tessa Webb – Independent Criminal Justice Consultant
Such technologies add to the available options at all stages of the criminal justice process, presenting challenges to the traditional ways in which defendants and offenders are supervised in the community. The working group will examine the evidence relating to the use of Electronic Monitoring, drawing on appropriate expertise, including from overseas.
As part of its field work the Group will be arranging a number of stakeholder events, involving service users, practitioners and others with relevant experience.
The Group will aim to complete its work within twelve months and to publish a report setting out the evidence, arguments and conclusions, along with Institute guidelines on policy and practice in this important area.
Savas Hadjipavlou, Chief Executive of the Probation Institute, said:
“The role of Electronic Monitoring and other similar technologies is expected to grow in the delivery of probation and community justice services. It is essential to understand how to make best use of them. The Institute is therefore giving this high priority, helping to ensure that practitioners have well-formed and evidence based guidance.”
For more information, please contact Catherine Sinclair-Jones on firstname.lastname@example.org / DD 0203 053 9281