Professor Anthea Hucklesby

School of Law

Electronic Monitoring in criminal justice: translating research into policy

Knowledge Exchange Fellowship

 

Electronic Monitoring (EM) in the criminal justice system has grown in significance since it was first used in the late 1980s. THe Government has signalled its intention to increase its use and diversify its application to different defendant/offender populations and technologies. EM is wholly provided by the private sector and this has been a source of scandal, complication and delayed policy implementation. These twin drivers have led to a renewed focus on the Government’s EM strategy to ensure the most appropriate, effective and efficient use of EM. The aim of this project is to utilise the evidence base provided by a European Commission funded project on the use of EM in five European jurisdictions and previous research carried out over 15-years to inform the Government’s future EM strategy. A range of policy and practice recommendations were formulated as a result of the EU research aimed at enhancing creativity and effectiveness of EM and ensuring that it is used justly and humanly. The primary focus of the research will be to translate the recommendations into operational reality. A secondary focus will be to assist with the development of the NOMS EM research strategy to ensure that it is able to build a valid and robust evidence base.