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Marketisation and Privatisation in Criminal Justice$
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Kevin Albertson, Mary Corcoran, and Jake Phillips

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447345701

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447345701.001.0001

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Neo-liberal imaginaries and GPS tracking in England and Wales

Neo-liberal imaginaries and GPS tracking in England and Wales

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(p.241) 15 Neo-liberal imaginaries and GPS tracking in England and Wales
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Marketisation and Privatisation in Criminal Justice
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Mike Nellis

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447345701.003.0016

In 2012, alongside its part-privatisation of the Probation Service, the Ministry of Justice secretly conceived a strategy, hubristically named ‘New World’, to upgrade ‘obsolete’ Radio Frequency (RF) electronic monitoring technology with Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking, and subject unprecedented numbers of offenders to it by 2020. Replacing the existing private sector delivery infrastructure with a hitherto untried model was pursued more openly, but obscured larger ambitions. Over five years ‘New World’ failed spectacularly, and expensively. Subsequent official audits indicted its implementation and actually questioned its conception, but neglected the ideological context and the disruptive political strategy which underpinned it. ‘New World’ was a calculated exercise in ‘disruptive’ neo-liberal statecraft, and the failure of its first iteration does not mean the end of it.

Keywords:   Global Positioning System, GPS Tracking, Electronic Monitoring, Neo-Liberalism, Statecraft, New World

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