The Possibility of Using Electronic Monitoring as an Alternative to Imprisonment for Drug Offenders


  • Akerat Supchokpul Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Mahidol University, Thailand


Drug Offenders, Electronic Monitoring, Incarceration Alternatives, Corrections, Imprisonment


This research aims to study the use and efficacy of electronic monitoring (EM) as an alternative for incarceration in instances of drug offenses for both Thai nationals and foreign offenders. A mixed research methodology of qualitative and quantitative data was used. The statistical analyses included frequency distributions, percentages, means and multiple regression analysis. Research results indicated several issues in the monitoring and rehabilitation of drug offenders through the Department of Corrections in Thailand. Many of the current issues in the application of EM stems from an insufficient number of monitoring devices, a shortage of trained specialists and lack of alternative rehabilitation facilities. Given the research findings, it is recommended that the Department of Corrections modernize its technology in order to improve the efficiency and efficacy of its work. The use of electronic monitoring with drug offenders facilitated early prison release, increased parole rates and sentencing periods. However, in order for this program to be more fully realized as a viable solution, there needs to be greater cooperation from the public and private sector in addition to improved monitoring device technology and design. The use of electronic monitoring for drug offenders was received well by most corrections personnel as a viable solution to alleviate prison overcrowding, resource allocation and facilitate a more sustainable path towards rehabilitation. However, the effect of electronic monitoring on administrative systems, corrections budget and functional transparency pose potential issues to the technology’s implementation.




How to Cite

Supchokpul, A. (2020). The Possibility of Using Electronic Monitoring as an Alternative to Imprisonment for Drug Offenders. Asian Crime and Society Review, 5(1), 37–51. Retrieved from