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  NCJ Number: NCJ 181411     Find in a Library
  Title: "Technocorrections": The Promises, the Uncertain Threats, Research in Brief
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  Author(s): Tony Fabelo Ph.D.
  Date Published: 2000
  Page Count: 8
  Series: NIJ Research in Brief
  Annotation: This paper indicates emerging technologies in three areas--electronic tracking and location systems, pharmacological treatments, and genetic and neurobiological risk assessments--may be used in what is referred to as "technocorrections."
  Abstract: Electronic tracking and location systems are probably the most familiar new technology to correctional personnel. Electronic monitoring systems are in use in most states, and the technology enables correctional personnel to define geographic areas from which offenders are prohibited and to furnish tracking devices to potential victims. Pharmacological breakthroughs are occurring to control behavior in correctional and noncorrectional settings. Further, the National Academy of Science has recommended a new emphasis on biomedical research on violence to understand the biological roots of violent behavior. Risk assessment technologies include DNA profiling and gene management. Forces in society that are conducive to technocorrections are noted, and the cost-effectiveness of technological developments in the field of corrections is examined. The importance of developing legal protections to manage the application of technologies is emphasized. 13 notes
  Main Term(s): Corrections trends
  Index Term(s): Biological influences ; Science and Technology ; Violence causes ; Electronic monitoring of offenders ; DNA fingerprinting ; NIJ grant-related documents
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 97-MU-MU-K006
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  Type: Report (Technical)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: Sentencing and Corrections Issues for the 21st Century, Paper No. 5 from the Executive Sessions on Sentencing and Corrections.
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