Judicial Rehabilitation in France: Helping with the Desisting Process and Acknowledging Achieved Desistance

European Journal of Probation, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 4-19, 2011

16 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2012

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Martine Herzog-Evans

University of Reims - Law Faculty, France

Date Written: January 1, 2011

Abstract

Shadd Maruna, in his masterpiece, Making Good (Maruna 2001, 2011), advocates the creation of an institutionalized redemption ritual which would reinforce the offender's own certitude that he or she has indeed desisted successfully, and convince the community and society itself, that he/she has become a good citizen. Such a ritual, which would preferably be judicial, exists in the French legal system, under the name of Judicial Rehabilitation. However, prior to fully acknowledging achieved desistance, the French legal system aims at helping with the desistance process through a host of procedures that expunge all or part of criminal records. In this jurisdiction, criminal records are seen as constituting obstacles to employment and thus, as being counterproductive. Drawing on legal methodology, this article will first explain the penological grounds of criminal records, of expunging techniques and lastly, of judicial rehabilitation.

Keywords: therapeutic jurisprudence, criminal records, disenfranchisement, desistance, rehabilitation, employment, redemption, making good, resocialisation, resetlement, reentry, judicial intervention, judicial rituals, convict criminology

JEL Classification: K10, K14, K39, K40, K41, K42, K49

Suggested Citation

Herzog-Evans, Martine, Judicial Rehabilitation in France: Helping with the Desisting Process and Acknowledging Achieved Desistance (January 1, 2011). European Journal of Probation, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 4-19, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2024854

Martine Herzog-Evans (Contact Author)

University of Reims - Law Faculty, France ( email )

57 bis rue Pierre Taittinger
Reims, 51100
France

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