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.
|Title of host publication||European Society of Criminology Conference 2010|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2010|
|Event||Finds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet - Stockholm, Sweden|
Duration: 21 Sep 2009 → 25 Sep 2009
|Conference||Finds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet|
|Period||21/09/09 → 25/09/09|