Resocialization and Correcting Criminals in Iran’s Criminal Policy

Document Type: Research Paper


1 Department Of Criminal Law, Saveh Branch, Islamic Azad University, Saveh, Iran

2 Department of Jurisprudence and Islamic Law, Saveh Branch, Islamic Azad University, Saveh, Iran

3 Faculty of Law, Farabi Campus, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


Correcting criminals and making them back to the society is the ultimate goal of all criminal systems in the world. No country is willing to keep its citizens away from the society due to a crime they commit. One of the main concerns in criminal policy is resocialization of criminals who, after having been punished, have regretted their act and so-called repented and want to return to society but because of the crime they have committed, the attitude of the society towards them has changed and they are mostly trying to reject them. This leads to repentant criminals repeatedly commit more crimes because of their lack of acceptance by the society. In this context, the resocialization approach must pursue specific objectives in criminal policy that will help correct criminals and return to society. Thus, Iran as a country which take steps to reform its laws and remove the gaps and outflows, could somewhat make a breakthrough in rehabilitation and resocialization of criminals, although there are some gaps. Thus, the current paper using a descriptive-analytic method attempts to deal with criminal policy of Iran in rehabilitation and resocialization of criminals and the obstacles there is.