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NCJ Number: 166304 Find in a Library
Title: Federal Penitentiary Service of Argentina
Journal: International Criminal Justice Review  Volume:5  Dated:(1995)  Pages:45-61
Author(s): E E Bouley Jr
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 17
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Federal Penitentiary Service (FPS) of Argentina provides for the custody of all persons who are under the jurisdiction of federal courts, provincial prisoners who are sentenced to more than 5 years imprisonment, and provincial prisoners for whom the province cannot provide adequate facilities.
Abstract: The Argentine Penal Code lays the foundation for prosecuting criminal cases. According to Argentine law, the FPS is a national security force charged with providing custody of persons who have received penal sanctions. The FPS consists of the National Directorate, 28 assigned institutions, personnel from the Federal Penitentiary Corps, specialized civilian personnel, and other organizations. Federal prisoners in Argentina are predominantly young, male, urban, less educated, and blue collar. Most are first offenders, and most are in pretrial confinement and are released without further judicial action. More than one-third are confined for crimes against persons, and another one-third are confined for crimes against property. About 31 percent of sentenced prisoners have confinement terms of less than 5 years. Another 41 percent have sentences ranging from 6 to 10 years. The National Penitentiary Law supplementing the Penal Code directs that penal authorities use rehabilitation, education, and other programs to rehabilitate prisoners and prevent further crime. An appendix lists FPS prison units. 23 references and 3 tables
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Argentina; Foreign correctional facilities; Foreign correctional systems; Foreign inmates; Foreign offenders; Inmate characteristics
Note: Earlier version of paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, 1994, Miami
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