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Electronic monitoring - Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)4 and explanatory memorandum (2016)
Over the last few decades, electronic monitoring has become an important means for combating crime without depriving offenders of their liberty. Any deprivation of liberty inevitably affects social ties, breaks family relations, often causes the loss of a job or a home and harms the prospects for employment and housing after release. It also contributes in general to the social exclusion of offenders and increases the risks of reoffending.
The use of electronic monitoring alone can only be effective for reducing the risk of re-offending in the short term. In order to have long-term results and contribute to desistance from crime this supervision measure needs to be combined with treatment and assistance interventions.
The need for common standards and principles at European level regarding the use, duration and deontology regarding electronic monitoring has resulted in the adoption of Recommendation CM/Rec(2014)4 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.