End of Life in High-Security Prisons in Switzerland: overlapping and Blurring of “Care” and “Custody” as Institutional Logics

Marti, Irene; Hostettler, Ueli; Richter, Marina (2017). End of Life in High-Security Prisons in Switzerland: overlapping and Blurring of “Care” and “Custody” as Institutional Logics. Journal of Correctional Health Care, 23(1), pp. 32-42. SAGE 10.1177/1078345816684782

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Similar to other institutions, the Swiss prison system faces a growing number of elderly prisoners, trends toward securitization, and, in consequence, more prisoners who will spend the end-of-life (EOL) period of time in prison. By law, prisoners should have the same access to care as the rest of the population. However, custody makes meeting the demands of medical and palliative care difficult. This article focuses on the organizational challenges related to EOL care. Based on ethnographic and documentary research, it examines the institutional logic of the prison and the competing “new” logic emerging with EOL care. It illustrates the ambivalences within these logics and the blurred distinction between “care” and “custody” and evaluates how prison staff interpret this overlap and the effects in shaping everyday practices. Keywords: prison, end of life, institutional logics, Switzerland, prison health care

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

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:

Marti, Irene; Hostettler, Ueli and Richter, Marina

Subjects:

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

ISSN:

1078-3458

Publisher:

SAGE

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ulrich Hostettler-Macias

Date Deposited:

02 Feb 2017 14:55

Last Modified:

02 Feb 2017 14:55

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1078345816684782

Uncontrolled Keywords:

prison, end of life, institutional logics, Switzerland, prison health care

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/94130

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