Recidivism: Towards the end of the multiplication of laws?

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Since 2004, five laws on recidivism have been voted. After the case Laëtitia, Nicolas Sarkozy stated that the investigation would not be “without continuation”. But this time, no new law should be implemented. “This is the end of a use politician of the crime”, explains the the socialist deputy, Dominique de Raimbourg.

Finally, there will be no new law on recidivism after the case Laëtitia. No action will therefore, for the time being, will add to the five laws have already been enacted since 2004. In the majority of cases, stories were the origin of the strengthening of the legislative arsenal. After the law Perben II of march 2004, which focuses on the adaptation of justice to developments of crime, the murder of Nelly Crémel in June 2005 in the department of Seine-et-Marne has resulted in the drafting of the act of 12 December on the recidivism of criminal offences, which includes the oversight of inmates at the end of a sentence, particularly thanks to the electronic bracelet. At the time, then Interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy declared that the judge had “dare to call a monster like that (Patrick Gateau, editor’s note) on parole” must “pay” for “his fault”. Remarks which seem to echo those spoken by the head of State in the case Laëtitia, which challenged the judges.

Will follow the law on the recidivism of August 2007 – so-called “law Dati” – which establishes the “minimum penalties” in case of recidivism. The case of little Enis, raped, and killed by Francis Evrard in August 2007, just six weeks after its release, then made a controversy. In the Face of this new case, Nicolas Sarkozy promised “tougher laws”. On February 25, 2008, the law on the retention of safety is promulgated. Finally, the murder of the jogger Marie-Christine Hodeau, in September 2009, in the forest of Fontainebleau, led to a final law, aimed to “reduce the risk of criminal recidivism”. Passed in march 2010, it has not, to date, still not received an application decree.

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