As our readers have noticed already from our short history, some issues of this journal are open while others are dedicated to different subjects that concern different groups of scholars in the criminological field. The current issue is an open one and covers a
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large variety of domains.
The first two papers deal with some under-researched topics related to electronic monitoring. In their contribution, ‘Thinking about electronic monitoring in the context of pre-trial detention in Belgium: a solution to prison overcrowding?’, Eric Maes, Benjamin Mine, Caroline De Man and Rosamunde Van Brake look at the impact that electronic monitoring might have on the remand population. Although optimistic,
their conclusion is that this measure could be introduced into the Belgian law but not necessarily as cost-reduction or decarceration strategies. The time-limit or the sentence feasibility is yet another important aspect of electronic monitoring. In ‘The six month limit to electronic monitoring and other equivalent measures: a myth?’, Martine Herzog-Evans explains from the professional’s perspective why the six month limit is an important turning point in the electronic monitoring implementation.