Lectronic Monitoring/ House Arrest Exercise

There is a lot of debate about the effectiveness of electronic monitoring and house arrest. Some individuals believe that this type of intermediate sanction is not severe enough to have a deterrent or retributive effect. Therefore, you will conduct an exercise and record your thoughts about this sanction.

First, you will be required to write a one page paper on whether you believe that electronic monitoring and/or house arrest is a severe enough sanction/punishment. Please remember to explain why you believe that this sanction is or is not a severe sanction/punishment. Then make a schedule of all of the things that you must do that will take you away from your house/apartment during this week (Monday morning through Sunday evening). Remember to include activities such as grocery shopping, laundry, doctor/dentist appointments, and sporting events. Give a specific time when you will leave and return for each appointment/errand. Do not include visiting friends, going to the library, or studying outside of your residence. Now follow the schedule as though your freedom depended on it. When at your residence, you must stay within 100 feet of your cable box at all times (I am assuming that you do not have a LAN line telephone). You may not use your phone for more than 10 minutes at a time.

Record how many times you violate these rules. How many time were you tempted to violate them? How did you feel when tempted? Imagine that you had only an old television and a radio, that you lived in a run down apartment in a poor neighborhood and that you had to do this for months at a time. Now write down your new feelings about electronic monitoring and house arrest. Has this exercise changed the way that you look at electronic monitoring and house arrest? If so, how and why? If not, why not? Your paper should be a minimum of 3 pages in its entirety (not including the cover page).

This assignment is due by: 7/27/14 by 11:59 PM.

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