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NCJ Number: 123338 Find in a Library
Title: International Summaries: Foreign Nationals in the French Criminal Justice System
Author(s): P Tournier; P Robert
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A study funded by the French Department of Research compiled statistical data on foreign nationals in the French criminal justice system, clarified the sources of information, and defined the limits of statistical validity by systematically noting biases.
Abstract: The analysis used data from quarterly reports on inmate populations; information from computerized searches of court records, prison registers, and inmate criminal records; and data from preliminary court hearings and sentencing records. Results revealed that foreign nationals accounted for 6 percent of the total population of France and 16 percent of those brought in for questioning; 25 percent of inmates are foreign nationals. The sharp rise in illegal immigration resulting from a change in immigration policy accounts for the increase in foreigners arrested. In addition, foreigners tend to be arrested for offenses that traditionally receive prison terms, particularly thefts and violent offenses. Therefore, caution should be used when interpreting statistics on criminality by foreign nationals.
Main Term(s): Foreign inmates
Index Term(s): Foreign correctional systems; France; Illegal Immigrants/Aliens
Note: NIJ/NCJRS International Summary of "Les etrangers dans les statistiques penales, 1989" (NCJ-123337).
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