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Penal policy, crime and criminology – experience and new challenges. 50-year Anniversary of the Institute of Criminology and Social Prevention . ‘Pains of probation’: practice implications Ioan Durnescu University of Bucharest. Methodology issues:. Questions:
Penal policy, crime and criminology – experience and new challenges.50-year Anniversary of the Institute of Criminology and Social Prevention
‘Pains of probation’: practice implications
University of Bucharest
‘What I want the most … the only thing that I wish for is something to change and I wouldn’t have to come here (i.e.. to the probation service) twice a month. It is hard for me to come so many times a month. There are many occasions when I can’t come ‘cause I am sick let’s say … ’ (one probationer in Bucharest).
‘You have to let them know … at least by calling them. You have to tell them that you want to travel somewhere. This is the procedure .. you have to tell them. It is not that they have to let you do this or that … but you have to inform them. But you have to keep the tickets to prove that you’ve been where you said you go. And that is all. ’ (one probationer in Sibiu)
‘Well … the first session … the first session was somehow different … so to say … he made a sort of report about who am I, I remember. I mean whether I have a girlfriend, where I live, what kind of people my parents are, what jobs they do, what is my job. I mean … it was about my whole life at that time … ’ (one probationer in Sibiu).
‘when I have to tell my feelings I don’t like telling anyone … I don’t like describing what I feel. I am Pentecostal Christian and I don’t like this. If somebody comes and asks me ‘what did you do ?’ I can not tell, nor even to the (probation) counsellor. I feel ashamed. It is hard. ’ (one probationer in Bucharest)
‘Usually the close ones know about my situation. At work I avoid telling colleagues but somehow they found out … and I had some problems … ’ (one probationer in Bucharest).
‘this ritual, to come once every two months is very good ‘cause you remember what was bad …it helps you to do good in the future …’ (one probationer in Bucharest)
‘Well .. first is not to make mistakes, not to make the same mistakes ‘cause you are under supervision now. Anyway I felt the fear right in my bones even when I got arrested. No way .. I don’t even think about doing it again but ….’ (one probationer in Sibiu)
‘if I make one more mistake during the next five years as it is my probation period, the judge will give me the first punishment and add the punishment for the second mistake. He (the probation counsellor) told me not to make mistakes ‘cause is not good…’ (one probationer in Iasi)
‘it is ok … far better than being, God forbid, in prison. It is better to stay free that being locked up. I would come ( to probation office) every day only to be free .. . I mean is super OK, no problem … ’
(one probationer in Bucharest)
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