Anti-corruption legislation in Puerto Rico: A sociolegal study of the registry of persons convicted of corruption

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This paper engages in a sociolegal analysis of the anti-corruption legislation enacted by the Puerto Rican Government in the aftermath of Maria (2017). The paper pays particular attention to the implementation and sociolegal impact of Act 2 of January 4, 2018, entitled, “The Anti-Corruption Code for the New Puerto Rico” and the creation of a Registry of Persons Convicted of Corruption. The rationale behind the Act and the Registry is to enforce transparency, open governance, and help the Puerto Rican government in its efforts to eradicate public corruption. Conversely, this paper argues that these reforms have introduce a punitive approach to anti-corruption in PR. Approach that I have termed, punitive governance. The paper suggests Act 2 and the Registry had have a dual outcome: 1) a punitive approach to corruption that harm people in precarious positions, and 2) normalize the structural dynamic enabling corruption the powerful. Thus, this paper intends to illustrate the contradictions in anti-corruption as punitive governance, and the way in which a specific image of corruption is reproduced through governmental actions, legal practices, and discourses.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-98
JournalOnati Socio-Legal Series
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2024


  • Corruption
  • gobernanza punitiva
  • colonialismo
  • reformas anticorrupción
  • Corrupción
  • punitive governance
  • legislation
  • colonialism
  • anti-corruption reforms


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