Conviction records in Spain: obstacles to reintegration of offenders?

  • Elena Larrauri (Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Barcelona)

This paper argues that conviction records pose a serious obstacle for the reintegration of offenders, especially in the labor market. It argues that this reintegration will be different in countries where publicity of conviction records is freely available, where employers are required to carry out regular checks before hiring their employees, and where conviction records never get expunged. The first part of the paper presents the regulation of conviction records in Spain, regarding these three matters. The paper then moves on to offer some reflections on how the erasure of spent conviction records could be strengthened and how this might aid the desistance process.

Keywords: Publicity of Criminal records, Culture of Control, Reintegration

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