Can electronic monitoring reduce reoffending? / Jenny Williams (University of Melbourne and IZA), Don Weatherburn (Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserWilliams, Jenny ; Weatherburn, Donald James
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, January 2019
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 12122
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Zusammenfassung (Englisch)

This research evaluates the impact of electronic monitoring as an alternative to prison on reoffending. Leveraging plausibly exogenous variation in sentencing outcomes generated by quasi-random assignment of judges, we find electronic monitoring reduces reoffending within 24 months by 16 percentage points compared to serving a prison sentence. For offenders who are less than 30, the reduction is 43 percentage points, with sizeable and significant reductions in reoffending persisting for 8 years. Our calculations suggest that criminal justice costs are reduced by around $30,000 for each eligible offender who serves their sentence under electronic monitoring rather than in prison.