Tuesday 15 June 2021

Costa Rica Proposes Eliminating Criminal Record After Sentence Served

According to Deputy Minister of Justice Minister, Marco Feoli, the proposal is designed primarily for the bulk of the prison population, poor people, who have committed minor offenses and have difficulty getting a job because their resume is stained for 10 years.  Photo Jorge Arce, La Nacion
According to Deputy Minister of Justice Minister, Marco Feoli, the proposal is designed primarily for the bulk of the prison population, poor people, who have committed minor offenses and have difficulty getting a job because their resume is stained for 10 years. Photo Jorge Arce, La Nacion

QCOSTARICA – Criminals in Costa Rica only have to carry the burden of a criminal record for 10 years, the time before the conviction is erased after completing their sentence.

But, a proposed amendment to the Law of Judicial Records and Archives (Ley de Registros y Archivos Judiciales) seeks to erase the conviction from the criminal record once the sentence is completed or reduce the time it stays on official record, according to the crime.

- Advertisement -

The change is to allow ex-inmates to obtain work given once they have servied out their time. Most employers in Costa Rica require a “hoja de delincuencia” (criminal history certificate) from a prospective employee. Click here to obtain your criminal history certificate online.

The proposal is remove the criminal history from certificate for the purpose of a job hunting, except for persons convicted of organized crime, terrorism, sexual offences involving minors, homicide and crimes against the civil service. Those convictions would remain on the criminal record for ten years.

When the objective is not seeking employment, under the proposed amendment, all convictions under three years would be erased. For convictions between 3 and 5 years, the criminal record would be erased after 1 year; for convictions between 5 and t10 years, the record would be kept for 3 years; and convictions over 10 years, would be erased after 5 years.

The proposal treats women differently, especially women living in poverty or vulnerability (ie. heads of households), their criminal record would be erased at the termination of the sentence, regardless of the crime.

- Advertisement -

The bill was presented in November 2011 by then PLN legislator Oscar Alfaro. However, over the years, the original text was modified. The current version was approved last February 25 by the Legislative Commission on Human Rights (Comisión de Derechos Humanos de la Asamblea Legislativa) and has the support of the current administration.

According to Deputy Minister of Justice and Peace, Marco Feoli, the proposed amendment is essential and has the support of all legislative factions.

“We are getting people out of jail to behave well, but are being branded (by the criminal record) that will hinder they behaving well because it is difficult to get work,” said Feoli.

He added that countries like Peru and Spain also adopted similar reforms.

As expected, the business sector is against the bill.

Rónald Jimenez, president of the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associates Private Business Sector (Uccaep), is one who has publicly said he will not support the bill, saying employers have the right to about the criminal background of those they hire.

- Advertisement -

Source: La Nacion

- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Spanish police frustrate “hit” on Tico sent from Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - A man in Costa Rica planned and ordered the...

Latin America Sees Rise in Vaccine-related Crimes

InSightcrime.org - As Latin American countries struggle to ramp up COVID-19...


Tourism sector feels in crisis despite increase in international arrivals

QCOSTARICA - Despite the improvement in tourist arrivals reported in May, with more than 72,000 visitors, both the Cámara Nacional de Turismo (Canatur) and...

Today’s Covid News: Contagion rate in Costa Rica remains unchanged in the last week

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate of covid-19 in Costa Rica in the last week did not change, a fact that is seen for the...

Direct flight will connect Guanacaste with Austin starting in November

QCOSTARICA - American Airlines announced that starting November 2, 2021, it will offer a direct flight between Austin, Texas and the Daniel Oduber International...

5.7 Quake jolts Costa Rica

2021-06-10 17:27:0.5, Magnitude: 5.76, Depth 10.0 km, Epicenter: 95.5 km Southwest Malpais de Puntarenas. The jolt was felt also in the Central Valley. No reports...

Central America is back in the news for the wrong reasons, Costa Rica is once again the exception

QCOSTARICA - Osta Rica has been the epicenter of regional diplomacy in recent days. The successive visits of the Secretary of State of the...

Seven out of ten over 58 years have been fully vaccinated against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) reports that 70.3% of people over 58 years of age, the so-called Group 2 of...

Diseases, weather and low prices hit the orange sector in Costa Rica

HQ - The appearance of pests and diseases, in particular the 'dragón amarillo' (yellow dragon), the impact of the weather and a sharp drop...

Immigration system failure affected passengers at the San Jose airport Monday

QCOSTARICA -  In yet another system-wide failure in the immigration check-out, passengers looking to leave Costa Rica Monday morning by way of the Juan...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction: June 11, “EVENS”

Today, Friday, June 11, only EVENS can circulate. The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save for those under the...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.