Politicians like to appear tough on crime in election years. But Victoria's move to require youth offenders to wear electronic monitoring devices may not have a real impact.
Electronically monitoring migrants and refugees may seem like a humane alternative to detention, but it's rife with problems and still criminalizes would-be immigrants.
Scotland is about to greatly expand its use of tags to have more prisoners serve sentences in their homes and communities.
The days of prison, an 18th-century industrial institution, as the justice system's dominant form of punishment may be numbered. Electronic monitoring of offenders is one promising alternative.