Attempt To Rethink Pardon In Georgian Criminal Law / დამნაშავის შეწყალება ქართულ სისხლის სამართალში - გადასინჯვის მცდელობა

Papuna Guruli


The concept of pardon has long been an important matter of criminal law. But the most topical it becomes during presidential elections in Georgia. Some candidates openly promise to pardon specifi c criminals. These questionable promises can, on the other hand, serve as a push forward for legal thought and raise a question: considering obvious risks (abuse of power), does the concept of pardon still respond to modern legal standards? Mostly the matter is being approached from the point of presidential powers (Constitutional law). But as an inherent part of criminal law pardon should be rethought through the prism of the goals of punishment which are well defi ned both in legal science and legislation of Georgia, namely: restoration of justice, prevention of new offense, re-socialization of an offender. Obviously, pardon helps to achieve the goal of re-socialization and maybe prevention. But the very same can be achieved by using parole which is much stricter regulated and holds a much smaller probability of abuse of power. Despite obvious risks, there is still a good reason not to abolish pardon completely. Even a hypothetical chance to be pardoned serves as high hope for a convict. Hope is one of the most important elements that encourage a convicted criminal to fi and his/her way back to society, elimination of which might defi nitely cripple his/ her faith making the goal of re-socialization less achievable than ever.


Crime, The Aims of Punishment, Resocialization

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