An Organizational Analysis of Foreign National Prisoners’ Participation Possibilities in Flanders (Belgium)

Dorien Brosens, Flore Croux, Bart Claes, Stijn Vandevelde, Liesbeth De Donder

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Abstract

This mixed-method study rst provides insight into the Belgian prison population — particularly foreign national prisoners — based on an analysis of the penal database SIDIS Suite (N = 10,356). Second, qualitative telephone interviews have been conducted with the activity coordinators of all Flemish and Brus- sels prisons (N = 17) to investigate which prison activities (e.g., cultural, educational, and health-related ac- tivities, sports, vocational training, and forensic welfare services) are available to, and accessible by, foreign national prisoners. This article demonstrates several initiatives that have been taken to enhance foreign na- tionals’ participation in prison activities and highlights the struggles that activity coordinators face in offering activities that are suitable for this population.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-161
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Prison Education and Reentry
Volume6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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