RIMES is the acronym of a research project whose objective is to develop an instrument for measuring the social exclusion generated by criminal justice policy in Western developed countries.
To create this tool for international comparison, the 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. The model focuses on three groups of people (suspects, offenders and ex-offenders) and it identifies nine pools, each of them countaining a number of punitive rules and practices that are understood to be indicators of the social exclusion they generate.
As part of the project, these indicators have been validated by a broad group of international experts and the instrument is being tested in Spain in order to verify its usefulness.
The ultimate goal is to offer the international community an effective instrument for comparing the various criminal intervention models used in different countries, with the results then being used to develop national criminal justice policies that are less socially exclussionary.
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