Comparing electronic monitoring regimes: length, breadth, depth, weight equals tightness

Anthea Hucklesby, Kristel Beyens, Miranda Boone

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Abstract

This paper compares the use of electronic monitoring (EM) in three European jurisdictions – Belgium, England and the Netherlands. It suggests that rates of use, the accepted method of comparison in relation to imprisonment and a proxy measure of ‘punitiveness’, provide a misleading picture when applied to EM. This paper transforms the concept of ‘tightness’ (Crewe, 2011) from a dimension of weight to encompass the overlapping elements of length, breadth, depth and weight, to provide a framework for analysing how EM regimes are designed to disrupt the lives of monitored individuals. EM regimes are diverse and ‘tightness’ varied as much, if not more, within as between jurisdictions. Comparisons of ‘tightness’ also inverted the scale of ‘punitiveness’ produced using rates of use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-106
Number of pages19
JournalPunishment & Society
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Electronic monitoring
  • comparative penology
  • community sentences

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