Detentiebeleving door oudere gevangenen in België. Een exploratief onderzoek

Diete Humblet, Tom Decorte

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Dealing with an elderly prison population does create new challenges for prison systems. This is particularly true for Belgium, where empirical studies focusing on the older prisoners are almost non-existent. The particular needs of older prisoners, and the specific problems related to their imprisonment are underexposed. There is a need for empirically and theoretically grounded scientific knowledge about older persons in detention. We set up an exploratory qualitative study to gather insight in the way in which elderly prisoners experience their detention and how the penitentiary system is dealing with this specific population. Data were collected through repeated correspondence by letters with 57 detainees with an age of 65 or older, in 14 prisons in Flanders. After a brief explanation of the methodology, we discuss the main results. We conclude this article with possible implications of these findings for the Belgian penitentiary policy on elderly in prisons.
Originele taal-2Dutch
Pagina's (van-tot)267-283
Aantal pagina's17
Nummer van het tijdschrift34
StatusPublished - 2013

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