Research and analysis

The experience of electronic monitoring and implications for practice: a qualitative research synthesis

Study of the experience of electronic monitoring, and how this can be used most effectively to achieve best outcomes, including compliance, rehabilitation and desistance.


The experience of electronic monitoring and implications for practice; a qualitative research synthesis

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The study aimed to better understand how Electronic Monitoring (EM) is experienced from the perspective of the monitored person and use this to consider how EM can be implemented most effectively to achieve the best outcomes.

The study found that EM has clear rehabilitative potential, such as by offering individuals the chance to develop social capital and employment prospects, autonomy and self-sufficiency. However, it is unlikely that EM on its own is enough to bring about compliance beyond the period of monitoring, or achieve longer-term rehabilitation and desistance goals. Furthermore, not everyone experiences benefits and life on EM can potentially lead to a deterioration of important features of life and diminish a person’s chances of success. A series of implications to optimise the potential of EM, and minimise the risk of negative experiences were identified.

Published 12 July 2018