Retributivity and Public Perception on the Non-Custodial Sanctions

Revista Românească pentru Educație Multidimensională – Copyright © 2017


PAGES | 103-128         

LANGUAGE | English

ISSN| 2066-7329

HOW TO CITE| SANDU, Antonio, & Ignatescu, C. (2017). Retributivity and Public Perception on the Non-Custodial Sanctions. Revista Romaneasca pentru Educatie Multidimensionala, 9(3), 103-128. WOS:000418338300007.

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The purpose of this research is to highlight the public perception on the non-custodial punishments, and thei implementation through means of probation services. The research was achieved using sociological inquiry based on survey, conducted on a sample of over 1056 respondents from the N.-E. area of Romania, and 432 from the Republic of Moldova. From the answers received, we can outline a model of humanistic-utilitarian probation, with retributive accents. The hypothesis referring to the existence of a strong retributive trend in the Romanian society only partially checks. The respondents have shown that the non-custodial punishments can be understood as being more efficient for the social reintegration of the offenders, than the carceral ones. The hypothesis according to which the activity of the probation services is less known in the two societies, which may lead to a lower degree of acceptance of the non-custodial punishments, is only partially sustained.


probation, Probation Services, non-custodial sanctions, retributive justice.