Psychologist’s Participation in Deciding whether to Recommend a Convict for a Conditional Release

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Abstract

The theoretical part of this work describes main legal normative documents which regulate the process of conditional release of convicts. Based on the analysis which was carried out on a number of foreign and domestic scientific publications, the author identified and de-scribed the main criteria taken into account in making a decision whether to recommend a convict for a conditional release as well as the major challenges in implementing condi-tional release. Using empirical analysis (content analysis and statistical data processing was performed on the key work results of a psychological service unit with 46 subjects), we iso-lated and described the main types of psychological work carried out with convicts in cor-rectional facilities. We also formulated major criteria for the psychological service experts to make decisions (of indicative and prognostic character) as to whether to recommend a convict for paroling. From the theoretical and empirical analysis we distil certain recom-mendations whose further research and consideration might (in our opinion) improve the efficiency of conditional release implementation.

General Information

Keywords: penitentiary psychology, conditional release, release on parole, convict, correction criteria, risk factors, repetition of a crime, re-socialization, psychological support

Journal rubric: Penitentiary Psychology and Penal Practice

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/psylaw.2022120103

Received: 31.01.2022

Accepted:

For citation: Melnikova D.V. Psychologist’s Participation in Deciding whether to Recommend a Convict for a Conditional Release [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2022. Vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 30–43. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2022120103. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Darya V. Melnikova, Lecturer, Department of Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Faculty of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4501-8207, e-mail: melnikovadv@mgppu.ru

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