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Community service vs. electronic monitoring: what works better? Results of a randomized trial


Killias, Martin; Gilliéron, Gwladys; Kissling, Izumi; Villettaz, Patrice (2010). Community service vs. electronic monitoring: what works better? Results of a randomized trial. British Journal of Criminology, 50(6):1155-1170.

Abstract

The present study is based on a controlled experiment in Switzerland with 240 subjects randomly assigned either to community service or to electronic monitoring. Measures of outcome include reconvictions, self-reported delinquency and several measures of social integration such as marriage, income and debts. The findings, based on subjects who successfully completed their sanction, suggest, with marginal significance (p < 0.10), that those assigned to electronic monitoring reoffended less than those assigned to community service, that they were more often married and lived under more favourable financial circumstances. Electronic monitoring may be an alternative to non-custodial sanctions. With increasing demands for non-custodial sanctions, it is crucial having more alternatives available.

The present study is based on a controlled experiment in Switzerland with 240 subjects randomly assigned either to community service or to electronic monitoring. Measures of outcome include reconvictions, self-reported delinquency and several measures of social integration such as marriage, income and debts. The findings, based on subjects who successfully completed their sanction, suggest, with marginal significance (p < 0.10), that those assigned to electronic monitoring reoffended less than those assigned to community service, that they were more often married and lived under more favourable financial circumstances. Electronic monitoring may be an alternative to non-custodial sanctions. With increasing demands for non-custodial sanctions, it is crucial having more alternatives available.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:02 Faculty of Law > Institute of Legal Sciences > Criminal Law
Dewey Decimal Classification:340 Law
Language:English
Date:November 2010
Deposited On:08 Mar 2011 15:22
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:52
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0007-0955
Publisher DOI:10.1093/bjc/azq050
Related URLs:http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/content/50/6.toc (Publisher)
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