Minors behind bars: between resistance and rights.

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The aim of this contribution is to present our research project: minors behind bars: between resistance and rights and to discuss some preliminary findings. There are several prison studies that have paid attention to prisoners, their perspective on prison life and on the effects and pains of imprisonment. However, most of these 'prison studies' have focused on adult prisoners. Much less is known about how young offenders experience and deal with detention. The question remains then how placed youngsters experience, submit to and resist detention regimes. In Belgium several studies were conducted on the experience of youngsters in detention. However, none of them focused on strategies of submission and resistance. Understanding strategies of resistance allows us to gain insight in institutional practices from the perspective of young prisoners. Human rights and children's rights play an important role in contemporary youth detention practices. In Belgium a legal framework on the rights of youngsters in detention and formal complaint procedures is lacking. In our contribution we will explore how the right to complain is regulated in Belgium and other European countries. We will explore these distinct systems from a children's rights perspective.
Originele taal-2English
TitelEuropean Society of Criminology, Prague, 10-13 September 2014
StatusPublished - 11 sep 2014
Evenement14th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Eurocrim - Prague, Czech Republic
Duur: 10 sep 201413 sep 2014


Conference14th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Eurocrim
Land/RegioCzech Republic


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