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URVIO Revista Latinoamericana de Estudios de Seguridad

On-line version ISSN 1390-4299Print version ISSN 1390-3691


MORENO TORRES, Aurora Inés. The Crime as Punishment: The Colombian Prisons. URVIO [online]. 2019, n.24, pp.134-149. ISSN 1390-4299.


This article aims to analyze the extent to which the prison becomes a place of new delinquent learning, where the struggle for survival is a daily challenge and the lack of money leaves the prisoner in a vulnerable state in front of groups or criminal organizations who operate inside the prison. The re-socialization through an occupation, learning a trade and professional study are modalities that must exist in every prison to avoid recidivism, for the punishment to become an opportunity to learn a new trade and to persuade against crime. On the contrary, there is a high rate of recidivism and overcrowding, which prevents the offender from separating from the crime. This article presents an analysis inside two prisons in Colombia.

Keywords : crime; human rights; offence; penal sanctions; prison; punishment.

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