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Revista Criminalidad

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GOMEZ PINTO, Oscar Orlando  and  ZAPATA, Sebastián. The Colombian Criminal Policy's Effectiveness Preventing Crime. Rev. Crim. [online]. 2020, vol.62, n.3, pp.103-118.  Epub Dec 04, 2020. ISSN 1794-3108.

This article performs a descriptive, quantitative analysis of the performance of the system through which the Colombian Government implements its criminal public policy: judicial, criminal justice and penitentiary systems. This study is not performed from the point of view of law, but from a perspective evaluating its effectiveness, considering crime a social issue. This article impacts the possibility of understanding and facing the phenomenon of crime from a preventive approach. This, upon identifying a dynamic imbalance of the system's components, which strengthens the problem, shows deficiencies in the purpose of criminal policy as a public policy that promotes prevention and emphasizes a vicious cycle that increases impunity. This cycle has operationally worn-out the Government and has generated high costs as a result of high crime indices.

Keywords : Prison; penitentiary system; prison overcrowding; human rights violation; criminal policy (source: Thesaurus of Latin American Criminal Policy - ILANUD).

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