Punishment and Privacy

  • Daniel Marshall
  • Terry Thomas


Life in prison or on a community sentence inevitably impacts on matters of privacy. Prisoners have records opened up on them and have their photographs taken. Prisoners may have DNA samples taken from them, using reasonable force if necessary, and officers use various techniques of control and restraint to maintain order in prisons. Article 8 of the European Convention has been interpreted as protecting not just privacy but the right to physical integrity and is capable of protecting individuals against forms of involuntary ill-treatment. Electronic monitoring as a form of community sentence in particular, for all its invasion of privacy, does provide a more economic and ‘normal’ existence for the wearer compared to a custodial sentence in prison


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Marshall
    • 1
  • Terry Thomas
    • 2
  1. 1.School of LawLiverpool John Moores UniversityLiverpoolUK
  2. 2.School of Social SciencesLeeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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