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Electronic House Arrest: An Examination of Citizen Attitudes

NCJ Number
Crime and Delinquency Volume: 41 Issue: 3 Dated: (July 1995) Pages: 332- 346
M P Brown; P Elrod
Date Published
15 pages
Public attitudes toward the use of electronic house arrest were studied by means of a survey of randomly selected households from a voter registration list in Oneida County (N.Y.).
A cover letter asked an adult household member to respond to the survey. Followup postcards were mailed to nonresponders after a week; another cover letter and questionnaire were mailed approximately 2 weeks later. Responses came from 529 of the 930 households surveyed. Usable responses came from nearly equal percentages of males and females; approximately 92 percent were white, and the median age was 49. Results indicated strong yet conditional support for the use of electronic telemetry to control offenders. The level of support was related to how and why electronic house arrest was used as a criminal sanction, to the offense seriousness, and to the extent to which criminals are monitored. Tables and 22 references (Author abstract modified)