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Reducing discretion in the administration of prison leave: in search of legitimacy

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dc.contributor.author Larrauri, Elena
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-30T07:57:30Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-30T07:57:30Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Larrauri E. Reducing discretion in the administration of prison leave: in search of legitimacy. Eur J Crim Pol Res. 2020-06-08. DOI: 10.1007/s10610-019-09435-1
dc.identifier.issn 0928-1371
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/45224
dc.description Data de publicació electrónica: 08-06-2020
dc.description.abstract This paper explains the institution of prison leave in Spain. Firstly, I will briefly describe the regulations governing prison leave and provide data on its use in Spain. I will point out that although half the prison population benefits from a prison leave, a main problem is that it is granted at a very late stage of the sentence, and that immigrants have a very low probability of obtaing it. Secondly, I will explain the criteria used in order to determine if a leave is granted, the wide discretion that psychologists in particular enjoy, and why this procedure might be experienced by the prisoner as unfair. Thirdly, I will describe the mixed system that allows both Prison Boards and Judges to make decisions about leave and how this often produces confusing results for prisoners. For instance, a positive prison report being followed by a negative judicial response due to the wide discretion that judicial authorities also enjoy. Finally, I draw some tentative conclusions about how a lack of clear criteria and procedure in relation to prison leave might also affect legitimacy in prison.
dc.description.sponsorship This paper is part of the project Ejecución y supervisión de la pena: Calidad de la intervención, legitimidad y reincidencia supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Grant DER2015-64403-P and FEDER, UE; also supported by Ayudas a las acciones de dinamización “Redes de Excelencia”: Desarrollo de un modelo criminológico y empírico de la política criminal – Acrónimo EmpiriC –. Financiado por MCIU-AEI (Ref. DER2017-90552-REDT).
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Springer
dc.relation.ispartof European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. 2020-06-08
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dc.title Reducing discretion in the administration of prison leave: in search of legitimacy
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10610-019-09435-1
dc.subject.keyword Prison leave
dc.subject.keyword Rights
dc.subject.keyword Privileges
dc.subject.keyword Discretion
dc.subject.keyword Legitimacy
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/1PE/DER2015-64403-P
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/2PE/DER2017-90552-REDT
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

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