Microchip Implants and Prisoner Monitoring

Here is an open petition to the Scottish Parliament from the Howard League in 2009. Below this petition is a paper by Professor Mike Nellis, Professor of Criminal and Community Justice, Glasgow School of Social Work, University of Strathclyde. I am embarrassed to say that I had not come across the work of Nellis till now, and only as a direct result of his book chapter published last year which I found while searching for the term uberveillance on another matter altogether. 

Nellis has written a book chapter titled: "Implant Technology and the Electronic Monitoring of Offenders: Old and New Questions about Compliance, Control and Legitimacy", in Legitimacy and Compliance in Criminal Justice edited by Adam Crawford and Anthea Hucklesby. See for example,

Now who said these things were not possible? If we are writing petitions against implantation of prisoners, then we are getting close to instituting this practice. From wearable bracelets to implantables...

Inspiration for my prisoner tracking scenario in my TEDx talk, came from research I conducted with Kirsty Johnston in 2005. We set up an online survey with a pre-test | education | post-test structure. The results were very interesting. Of exactly 100 responses, the vast majority said they did not wish to be chipped for control, care on convenience solutions. But when it came to controlling prisoners using implants, it was obvious that that scenario seemed acceptable to most. Again, only 100 responses, and small-scale survey, and online, but it revealed some interesting preliminary findings.

More on that study here presented at ICMB 2007 by MG Michael. The full honours project is available here. For statistics on the acceptance of the tracking of crime suspects see p. 56 of the project.