End of life in prison: challenges for prisons, staff and prisoners

Richter, Marina; Hostettler, Ueli; Marti, Irene (2019). End of life in prison: challenges for prisons, staff and prisoners. In: Ugwudike, Pamela; Graham, Hannah; McNeill, Fergus; Raynor, Peter; Taxman, Faye S.; Trotter, Chris (eds.) Routledge companion to rehabilitative work in criminal justice (pp. 812-821). Routledge

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The main goal of most systems of criminal justice and most corresponding institutions, such as prisons or forensic psychiatric hospitals, is to eventually release inmates and therefore organize rehabilitative work on the basis that, after their release, they should be able to live a life without further offending. On the contrary, for offenders whose future is constrained to custody and who therefore will most probably die in prison, reinsertion or rehabilitation is not an inherent goal of custody. The chapter will explore the reasons (ageing and health conditions, delinquency at a later age and, in particular, a restrictive system of sanctions and security measures) that lead to the increase of end of life cases in prisons. Insights into the situation in selected countries provide some statistical ground for a better understanding of the importance of the phenomenon as well as of differences in cross-national perspective. Different approaches in handling end of life in prisons and related ethical questions are discussed. These approaches deal with challenges on the level of the penitentiary system, on the organizational level of the single prison, for the day-to-day work of staff, and for fellow prisoners as well as for the dying prisoners themselves.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Penal Law > Institute for Penal Law and Criminology > Chair Prof. Weber
02 Faculty of Law > Department of Penal Law > Institute for Penal Law and Criminology
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Richter, Marina; Hostettler, Ueli and Marti, Irene

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law

ISBN:

9781138102057

Publisher:

Routledge

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ulrich Hostettler-Macias

Date Deposited:

25 Oct 2019 11:41

Last Modified:

25 Oct 2019 11:41

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/134204

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