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NCJ Number: 136666 Find in a Library
Title: Cost Effectiveness and Use of House Arrest With Electronic Monitoring in Pima County, Arizona
Journal: Journal of Offender Monitoring  Volume:5  Issue:2  Dated:(Spring 1992)  Pages:8-10,12,14,19
Author(s): T M Forgach
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 6
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The cost effectiveness of house arrest with electronic monitoring in Pima County (Ariz.) was examined using data from all 170 cases of electronic monitoring by the probation department between March 1990 and May 1991.
Abstract: Data were collected from official records and covered the success/failure rates and the cost effectiveness. Success was defined as completing all electronic monitoring days ordered by the court, while failure involved revocation of probation or removal from the program. Results revealed that the program is widening the net of social control from zero to 32.4 percent. Nevertheless, even at the highest rate of net-widening, the program is still cost-effective. The program would break even with the average costs of incarceration plus probation supervision at approximately a 61.9 percent rate of net-widening. In addition, the program does not pose an unacceptable increase in risk to the general public. None of the felons in the program are known to have injured anyone while in the program. The data indicate that 25.8 percent of the probationers were arrested while in the program, 9.4 percent were known to have committed a new crime while in the program or at large as an absconder, and 7 percent absconded while in the program.
Main Term(s): Electronic monitoring of offenders; House arrest
Index Term(s): Arizona; Corrections effectiveness; Cost effectiveness analysis
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