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The Magic Bracelet

Technology and Offender Supervision

by Dick Whitfield


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In Europe, over 30,000 criminal offenders were electronically tagged in 2000, and over four times that number 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 next 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 it? Can it have any real impact on growing crime figures and on preventing offending, or does electronic tagging simply provide a short-term answer and an increasingly alienated criminal underclass? Is it just another ‘quick fix’ which will go the same way as so many penal initiatives? The Magic Bracelet is 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.


  • A Short History of Tagging
  • Current Use and Development in Great Britain, Europe, North America and Other Jurisdictions (separate chapters)
  • Making It Work
  • The Impact on Policy and Sentencing; Wider Issues
  • Look at the Future
  • Electronic Monitoring Technologies
  • Appendix
  • Acronyms

Separate chapters cover the history and development of electronic tagging, experience in North America

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Weight460 g
Dimensions234 × 156 × 17 mm


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