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Criminal Justice and Technology: Towards a Transformation of the Regulation and the Penal Strategies?

NCJ Number
Deviance et societe Volume: 37 Issue: 3 Dated: September 2013 Pages: 255-403
Dan Kaminski, Franco Prina
Date Published
September 2013
155 pages
This edition of the journal Deviance et Societe, contains nine research papers on the intersection of technology and criminal justice.
This September 2013 edition of the journal Deviance et Societe contains nine papers examining the intersection and influence of technology and criminal justice. The first paper examines what technologies make criminal justice do, while the second paper discusses how bio-chemical technologies have contributed to a shift in the regulatory matrix of criminal justice. The third paper examines how uncertainties surrounding DNA analysis continue to be overlooked by criminal justice officials. The fourth paper compares the use of videoconferencing in Belgium to the process in place in France. The fifth paper discusses judicial preliminary hearings involving remote participants connected through a video link. The sixth paper presents an analysis of current changes regarding the socio-judicial assistance of offenders, through the perspective of the computerization of their activities. The seventh paper examines the process of centralization of socio-judicial computer data in the probation services in France and how this new form of reasoning dominates the landscape of the execution of sentences. The eighth paper explores the situational dimension of electronic surveillance and whether this technology and its constraints contribute to the portrayal of an offender's character in a particular way while at the same time characterizing the nature of the penalty itself. The ninth paper in this journal uses the experiences of people who have been successfully monitored using electronic surveillance to understand the complex system that produced this particular form of constraint. All papers in this journal are in French with brief summaries in English, German, and Spanish.