Date lodged: 3 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what international evidence was considered by the consultation, Electronic Monitoring in Scotland; what percentage of the remand population in these examples was subject to such monitoring; how long such monitoring had been used in each country, and what feedback it received regarding the effectiveness of it.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 16 March 2017
To help inform the electronic monitoring working group thinking around the new uses of electronic monitoring, research was carried out by the Scottish Centre for Crime & Justice Research (SCCJR) 'Scottish and International Review of the Uses of Electronic Monitoring'. Independently, the SCCJR and the University of Stirling were commissioned to undertake research as part of a wider European Project; 'Creativity and effectiveness in the use of electronic monitoring as an alternative to imprisonment in EU member states'. The resulting report and its recommendations also informed the work of the working group.
The Scottish Government is committed to looking at how electronic monitoring could be used ahead of sentencing in cases where the crime is unlikely to result in a custodial punishment.