AP-RIMES+: New project to apply the RIMES Instrument in Finland, France, Portugal, Romania, Texas and Florida.

The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation has funded a new application of RIMES instrument (Project AP-RIMES+). The overall goal of this project is to apply the RIMES instrument to a larger number of significant countries in the western world. It is thus intended to achieve a comprehensive overview of West criminal policy from the perspective of social exclusion that its criminal justice systems produce. To the five European countries and two states of the United States already studied, we now wish to add four new countries: Finland, France, Portugal, and Romania; and two new states of the United States: Texas and Florida, to make increasingly rich international criminal political comparisons. We will also continue with the exploratory application of RIMES in three South American countries: Argentina, Brazil and Ecuador

RIMES instrument tested in Spain

The RIMES measuring instrument has been successfully tested in Spain. In order to gathered the information pertaining to the question of each item, two members of the team have analyzed it. It has been necessary to study spanish current legislation and case law, analyze official statistics and conduct field work. [Read more]

Social inclusion/social exclusion as a dimension for comparing criminal justice policies: the RIMES theoretical background

Diez ripollesThe RIMES project uses the theoretical model developed by professor José Luis Díez-Ripollés in a previous R+D project entitled “The Evolution of Western Criminal Justice Policy in a World of Increasing Social Exclusion”, which has been presented in various publications. Díez-Ripollés proposes to conduct comparative analyses of criminal justice policy based on the differentated capacity of the national crime control system to minimise the social exclusion of the individuals who enter into conflict with criminal law. This entails evaluating the system’s ability to obtain, recover, consolidate, or at least not deteriorate, an acceptable level of social inclusion for suspects, offenders and ex-offenders. [Read more]