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Craig Paterson

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Commercial Crime Control and the Electronic Monitoring of Offenders in England and Wales

The commercial market in crime control in England and Wales has expanded since the establishment of the first electronic monitoring program in 1989 as central government increasingly subcontracts the provision of security to the commercial sector. While the economic benefits of subcontracting are demonstrable through the audit culture that is central to governmental thinking, wider concerns relating to governance, accountability, and justice have been sidelined in favor of the ideological and economic drive that has opened up the market in commercial crime control. This article looks at the role of the commercial sector as service providers of electronic monitoring.

privatization, electronic monitoring, techno-corrections, security, social control

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 34, Nos. 3-4 (2007): 98-110