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NCJ Number: 168979 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluating Electronic Monitoring Programs
Journal: Alternatives to Incarceration  Volume:3  Issue:1  Dated:January-February 1997  Pages:16-24
Author(s): A W Cohn; L Biondi; L C Flaim; M Paskowski; S Cohn
Corporate Author: Administration of Justice Services, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Administration of Justice Services, Inc
Rockville, MD 20853
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The evaluation of electronic monitoring programs is examined in terms of findings of major studies of the topic, gaps in evaluations, and a proposed instrument and approach for agency self-evaluation.
Abstract: The available evaluation studies suggest that electronic monitoring is both cost-effective and labor-effective and that it offers a space-saving alternative to jail, prison, and detention time for offenders. Nevertheless, initial start-up and operating costs can be substantial. In addition, little attention has been given to assessing programs related to the success or failure of goal attainment. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention awarded a grant to Administration of Justice Services, Inc. to develop an agency-based self-evaluation instrument to use on an ongoing basis to provide data for constructive in-house analysis. The first step in developing the instrument was to survey a purposive sample of 484 individuals or programs to determine the variables with potential for program assessment. Ninety-one of the 106 that responded indicated that they have operating electronic monitoring programs, mostly only for juveniles. The proposed evaluation instrument has five pages and aims to determine the effectiveness of electronic monitoring with some degree of quantifiable precision. The form is available on the website of Administration of Justice Services, Inc. Illustration
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Electronic monitoring of offenders; Evaluation measures; Evaluative research; Program evaluation; Science and Technology; Self evaluation
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