Jenny Williams (University of Melbourne)

"Can Electronic Monitoring Reduce Re-offending?"

Feb 15, 2018
from 03:40 PM to 05:00 PM

1113 Social Science and Humanities Blue room

Abstract: This research evaluates the impact of electronic monitoring as an alternative to imprisonment on re-offending behavior. To do so, we examine re-offending amongst individuals convicted of crimes for which electronic monitoring is available as an alternative to prison. Exogenous variation in the type of punishment a convicted offender receives is induced by random assignment of judges to cases, and differences across judges in their willingness to use the punishments available. We find that compared to serving a prison sentence, a referral to electronic monitoring substantially reduces the probability of re-offending within 24 months of time spent in the community. The reduction in re-offending from  a referral to electronic monitoring is shown to persist for a duration of 60 months of free-time.  Overall, our results suggest that combining close monitoring and prescribed rehabilitation,  as occurs under electronic monitoring in the context we study, has sustained crime reducing effects  that outweighs specific deterrence associated with serving a prison sentence.



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