The Magic Bracelet: Technology and Offender Supervision
In Europe, over 30,000 criminal offenders were electronically tagged in 2000, and over four times that number were tagged elsewhere in the world. With over 20 countries now either starting new schemes or developing existing ones, these figures are expected to grow dramatically over the new few years - and the availability of satellite tracking and voice verification systems will also mean a wider variety of options as technology is increasingly used to supervise offenders.
But how effective is tagging? Can it have any real impact on growing crime figures and on preventing offenders, or does it simply provide a short-term answer and add to feelings of alienation amongst a growing criminal underclass? Is it just another 'quick fix' which will go the same way as so many penal initiatives?
The Magic Bracelet is an up-to-date picture - a global jigsaw - of the very different ways in which new technology is being used, the known results to date and the lessons for criminal justice policy. The book deals with the history and development of tagging, experiences in North America, the UK, Europe and elsewhere, operational issues, human rights and civil rights aspects and future possibilities, building - quite substantially - on the author's previous writings in this field, including his acclaimed introduction to the subject, 'Tackling the Tag' (Waterside Press, 1997).
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