'Ex-inmates' job placement. a qualitative approach

Fernando Esteban, Ramon Alós, Pere Jódar, Fausto Miguélez

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The effectiveness of the measures taken from the prison system for the reintegration of inmates is a recurring debate in criminology. In this article, we analyze the extent to which occupational training and work programs in prisons contribute to social and professional reintegration of inmates and ex-inmates. The starting point is a research carried out in Catalonia through in-depth interviews with experts, inmates and ex-inmates. The main findings are: a) the occupational training and work programs contribute to the reintegration of prisoners moderately, according to their personal motivation and social resources; b) however, these programs would be decisive in therapeutic and educational aspects with regard to maintaining order and, indirectly, to the social rehabilitation of prisoners.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-204
JournalRevista Espanola de Investigaciones Sociologicas
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Job training
  • Motivation
  • Prisioners
  • Prisons
  • Punishment rehabilitation relationship
  • Social enviroment
  • Social integration
  • Support networks


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