Thinking about electronic monitoring in the context of pre-trial detention in Belgium: a solution to prison overcrowding?

    by:
  • Eric Maes (Researcher at the National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology (NICC) of the Belgian Federal Public Service of Justice)
  • Benjamin Mine (Researchers at the National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology (NICC) of the Belgian Federal Public Service of Justice)
  • Caroline De Man (Researcher at the Centre de recherches criminologiques of the Universit√© Libre de Bruxelles (ULB))
  • Rosamunde Van Brakel (Attached to the research group Law, Science, Technology & Society of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).)

Prison overcrowding is a major problem in the Belgian criminal justice system, with almost 40% of the current population consisting of prisoners in remand custody. Driven by a goal of prison overcrowding prevention, electronic monitoring has been implemented nationally since 2000, but only as an alternative to the execution of the entire or a part of the prison sentence imposed. This article aims to report some final results of a recent research on the possible application of electronic monitoring as an alternative to pre-trial detention in Belgium.

Keywords: Pre-trial detention, Electronic monitoring, Prison overcrowding, Alternatives

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