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Resettlement and Employment: a European Overview on Promising Practices

Pascal Décarpes, from the University of Greifswald, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Punishment and its alternatives,” under the title “Resettlement and Employment: a European Overview on Promising Practices”. Here is the abstract: This contribution aims to provide a set of suggestions on developing an integrated and functional system of ex-prisoner's reintegration into the labour market. Based on important concepts such as normalization of prison life, responsabilisation of offenders, case management and sustainability, it focuses on the interaction between employment and reentry in the society as a key-element for a life without recidivism. Further, it provides an analytic comparison of good reintegration practices and models in EU member states and comprehensive policy proposals designated to help reintegration of ex-prisoners into the labour market. The suggested actions aim at consolidating human capital of prisoners while in prison and the connection of prisoners with the labour market after their release. All interventions proposed are to be integrated in a process in which prison and probation services play a vital role. Recommendations on how to overcome legal and social obstacles are also proposed.

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  • “Resettlement and Employment: a European Overview on Promising Practices”, by Pascal Décarpes (Proceedings)

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