Comunity service in young people sanctioned for anti-social behavior: the experience of Guadalajara

Jordi Ortiz
Doctorando UNED;
DOI: 10.22400/cij.7.e040

This text aims to analyze the sociodemographic and spatial characteristics of young people who have completed community service as a rehabilitative measure and replacement of a traditional court fine in the city of Guadalajara over a period of seven years. This is a measure of great criminal law and criminological interest, which numerous municipalities have included within their penalty regimen in recent years. Despite being a measure that has been incorporated into our legal system over the last century as a penalty that seeks to replace traditional prison sentences, it has not been without controversy ever since then. The city of Guadalajara was one of the first cities in our country, which in 2010, incorporated community service as a measure of substitution of a court fine within its penalty regimen, in an ordinance which included measures to promote and guarantee citizen coexistence in public spaces, which was approved in 2009. This ordinance was intended to respond to a demand from citizens, because of an increase in the concern of “an unsafe feeling” associated with civic problems.

Civics; Youth; Rehabilitation; Community Service; Recidivism.
Recibido ǀ Received ǀ Recebido  19/06/2019,  Aceptado ǀ Accepted ǀ Aceito  02/07/2019,  Publicado ǀ Available ǀ Publicação  31/07/2019 
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