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Electronic monitoring: the experience in Australia


Bartels, L and Martinovic, M, Electronic monitoring: the experience in Australia, European Journal of Probation, 9, (1) pp. 80-102. ISSN 2066-2203 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/2066220317697658


Electronic monitoring (EM) has been introduced in over 30 countries around the world. In most English-speaking countries, it has moved well beyond experimental status and become a regularly applied penal measure. Australia has been lagging behind this world trend, as EM has yet not become dominant in our correctional landscape. This is even though sanctions that utilise radio-frequency and/or global positioning systems (GPS) monitoring have existed in Australia for decades. This article critically examines overseas evaluative findings of EM in relation to recidivism, cost-effectiveness and net-widening, as well as some of the issues and concerns that are associated with EM. The article then summarises and explains the limited Australian EM experience to date. It predicts that increased application of EM in Australia seems likely and should be evidence-based. In this context, there is an urgent need for increased understanding about the use and impact of EM in Australia. The article concludes with some observations about the importance of comparative analysis in this context.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, electronic monitoring, GPS, home detention, radio-frequency
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law in context
Research Field:Criminal law
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
UTAS Author:Bartels, L (Ms Lorana Bartels)
ID Code:122289
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2017-11-08
Last Modified:2018-05-17

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