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The article deals with the problem of interrelation between the criminal sentence and resocialization of convicts. Data concerning the number of people returning to crime as well as people convicted on the judgement of guilt considering their prior convictions is analyzed with the view of identifying a way of influencing the level of recidivism through punishment assignment practice. The author justifies the idea of criminal punishment efficiency increase and criminal record improvement through ensuring a real opportunity for the convict to form a new social status after sentence completion. Resocialization as a complex multi-stage process should be launched at the stage of determining the type and amount of punishment for the guilty by the court. The analysis of penalties imposed on people with unexpunged or outstanding convictions enables the author to arrive at the conclusion about the necessity of setting the judges a special task of ensuring resocialization in order to achieve the goals of criminal punishment.

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A. A. Pivovarova

Department of Criminal Law and Criminology, Samara National Research University

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Russian Federation


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