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The European Supervision Order: What is it and Can it Reduce the Remand Prison Population in Europe?

Christine Morgenstern, from the University of Greifswald, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Punishment and its alternatives,” under the title “The European Supervision Order: What is it and Can it Reduce the Remand Prison Population in Europe?”. Here is the abstract: In 2009 the EU adopted the Framework Decision 829 on Supervision Measures as an Alternative to Provisional Detention (European Supervision Order, ESO). The basic idea behind the ESO is to replace remand detention of foreign nationals coming from EU Member States other than the one in which they are prosecuted by so-called supervision measures. These may include of the obligation to inform the authorities of the monitoring country of any change of residence, prohibitions from entering certain locations, requirement to comply with certain restrictions for leaving the territory of the monitoring country, to report at specified times to a designated authority in the monitoring country or to refrain from contacting specific persons connected to the alleged crime. The paper addresses the question whether there is a need for such an instrument by analysing data on the share of foreign nationals in the remand prison population. It also discusses potential risks of the instrument, namely net-widening and the discriminatory effects on Non-EU citizens.

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  • “The European Supervision Order: What is it and Can it Reduce the Remand Prison Population in Europe?”, by Christine Morgenstern (Proceedings)

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