Understanding the Stigmatization of Ex-Convicts in Society: A Comprehensive Study

  • Shawni Banerjee
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  • Shawni Banerjee

    LL.M student at Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol, West Bengal, India

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The persistent issue related to stigmatization of those who have a criminal past holds potential repercussions not only on an individual’s life but on the community as a whole. These individuals faced multiple hurdles to reintegrate into mainstream society. Rejection, devaluation, and discrimination based on their criminal past make their lives hell and often hinder their ability to establish social relations, economic independence, or even to live their lives to the fullest. This stigma among ex-convicts often restricts their civil and legal rights as a collateral consequence of having a criminal history. The primary objective of this study is to understand the interplay between community skepticism with respect to ex-convicts’ reintegration in society and their perceived stigma, to investigate the root causes related to stigma, and to examine factors like media-driven, legal, and social elements that specifically contribute to the stigmatization of these individual. Further, this study delves into the grave effects of stigmatization, such as being excluded from mainstream society, difficulty gaining work, detrimental effects on mental health and overall well-being, etc. Additionally, it focuses on potential mitigating strategies, including rehabilitation programs, educational campaigns, and policy reforms to deal with this enduring social issue. Thus, it comes to a conclusion with every detail to foster social justice in our community.


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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 3, Page 1610 - 1618

DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLMH.117630

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