Electronic monitoring and surveillance : the Belgian case

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Abstract

In Belgium electronic monitoring (EM) has been introduced in 1998 as a local pilot scheme and since 2000 it has been implemented nationwide. To date EM is still exclusively used as a way of administering a prison sentence. Although the use of EM has been introduced from a systemic, managerialist approach, reintegration and preservation of social and economical contacts are mentioned in the regulations as important goals of EM in Belgium.

In this paper the balance between social support and technical control through the use of EM will be explored through a close observation of the daily EM-practice in Belgium. Through this description I will also try to grasp the encompassing nature of surveillance EM entails. The question whether EM is or can be compatible with the aim of reintegration, and with what kind of reintegration, will be discussed. I will finally argue that in Belgium, EM is used to compromise a managerialist and rehabilitative way of punishment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual Conference of the British Society of Criminology
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2006
EventFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 21 Sep 200925 Sep 2009

Conference

ConferenceFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet
Country/TerritorySweden
CityStockholm
Period21/09/0925/09/09

Keywords

  • electronic monitoring

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