Multidisciplinary implementation courts in Belgium. A new context and culture of decision-making?

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Abstract

Since 1 February 2007 nine sentence implementation courts in Belgium decide over four aspects of the detention trajectory of prisoners sentenced to three years imprisonment or more: semi-detention, electronic monitoring, conditional release and provisional release in view of expulsion or extradition. The decisions concerning the implementation of sentences are taken by multidisciplinary courts, presided by a judge, with two non-jurists assessors specialised in social reintegration or in prison matters. This paper reports some preliminary findings based on a research aiming at describing and understanding the decision-making processes of these courts trough an in-depth ethnographic research of their interactions and decision-making practises. The formal and informal arguments and interactions (front stage and back stage) between all professional and non-professional participants before, during and after court sessions, and of the specific organisational and cultural context within which decision-making develops, have been observed. In this paper, we will therefore describe this rather unique penal context and particular culture of decision-making based on some preliminary findings of our ongoing fieldwork.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Society of Criminology Conference 2010
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010
EventFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 21 Sep 200925 Sep 2009

Conference

ConferenceFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period21/09/0925/09/09

Keywords

  • Sentencing

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