The Highly Reintegrative Approach of Electronic Monitoring in the Netherlands

European Journal of Probation, vol. 9(1) 46–61

Posted: 8 Jan 2018

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Miranda Boone

Leiden University - Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology

Stephanie Rap

Leiden University - Department of Child Law

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

This contribution describes the way electronic monitoring (EM) is organized and implemented in the Netherlands. It will become clear that the situation in the Netherlands is characterized by, in particular, two features. The application of EM is highly interwoven with the Probation Service and its reintegrative objectives, a characteristic that dominates the organization and use of EM to a great extent. Paradoxically, EM is hardly used in the Netherlands as an autonomous (stand-alone) replacement for short prison sentences. The most straightforward explanation for this situation is that the Netherlands does not really need EM to replace prison capacity since its prison population already decreased drastically since 2005. A second explanation is that the intense involvement of the probation service in the enforcement of electronic monitoring has as a side-effect that these sanctions are not accepted as punitive sanctions, but fully framed into the rehabilitative perspective.

Keywords: Electronic monitoring, probation service, reintegration

Suggested Citation

Boone, Miranda and Rap, Stephanie, The Highly Reintegrative Approach of Electronic Monitoring in the Netherlands (2017). European Journal of Probation, vol. 9(1) 46–61. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3087784

Miranda Boone

Leiden University - Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology ( email )

Postbus 9520
Leiden, 2300
Netherlands

Stephanie Rap (Contact Author)

Leiden University - Department of Child Law ( email )

P.O. Box 9520
2300 RA Leiden, NL-2300RA
Netherlands

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