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Priorités et limites de la politique pénitentiaire en Russie

Abstract : [Priorities and limits to penitentiary policy in Russia] - In the Russian context where political leaders base their legitimacy at least partially on their determination to combat crime, penitentiary policies and criminal law change slowly and are far indeed from meeting the criteria of a democratized political regime. The selection and ranking of objectives and priority values of public action meet diplomatic criteria (present a democratic image of Russia abroad), as well as budgetary and practical considerations more so than those of a general reform project. Thus the goal of reducing the prison population has led to granting many amnesties with virtually no thought to how imprisonment fits within judicial practices. However, prison directors and regional directors of the penitentiary administration enjoy considerable leeway, which in some cases allows them to conduct their own penitentiary policy. But they should not expect to see their careers benefit from their innovative initiatives.
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Gilles Favarel-Garrigues. Priorités et limites de la politique pénitentiaire en Russie. Critique Internationale, Presses de sciences po, 2002, pp.121-135. ⟨hal-01017903⟩

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