About the OCSPI

Observatory of the Crime control system towards Immigration

OCSPI (Observatorio Criminológico del Sistema Penal ante la inmigración) is an initiative of the Andalusian Inter-University Institute of Criminology of the University of Malaga, Spain, ran by Associate Professor Elisa Garcia-España.

After more than 20 years of existence, the Institute of Criminology has developed numerous projects in the field of Criminology. In recent years, our team have detected areas of improvement in the response of the Spanish crime control system in relationship towards the migrant population. This finding has led us to create an institution to specifically do research in this field.

The OCSPI has four main goals:

  1. The OSCPI aims to promote a platform of scholars, criminologists and members of the civil society who want to improve the response of the Spanish crime control system towards immigrants. We have recruited over 20 collaborators eager to work in this unexplored field and contribute with new ideas in our context [read more in spanish]

2. We work with the aim of developing criminological research. The Institute of Criminology has already worked in this field. Nowadays, we have a project to study
the criminal response to crimes committed by immigrants. The Government of Andalusia funds this project. We would like to do further research in this area, and the new observatory will help us to do this  [read more in spanish].

3. We provide training to formal social control system specifically in its relationship with immigrants. We have many police officers, lawyers, among our students, and we want to take advantage of our privileged position to improve their formation in a field frequently neglected [read more in spanish].

4. Finally, the OCSPI collects, studies and provides best practices in different areas of observation, such as cultural diversity, attention to trafficked migrant women, attention to migrant minors, treatment of migrants in prison, etc. [read more in spanish].

The OCSPI focuses its research in nine main fields:

Post border criminologies

You also can read more in english about us in this post published on Border Criminologies’ blog [+]



For further information, please contact us: ocspi.info@gmail.com.