Life imprisonment in Scandinavia

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Life prisoners in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland can take part in education

Doris Schartmüller
Doris Schartmüller

The study says: Imprisonment does not mean that offenders must be clearly separated from society until they might have the chance to be “successfully” reintegrated in society. Instead, through reintegrative tools such as the individualized sentence enforcement plan, work assignments, education, and treatment program participation, work releases, leaves (permissions), and the use of open prisons over closed prisons for transitional purposes, the ties between the prisoner and society are never completely severed. The punishment is the sentence, but during the entirety of the sentence, the goal must be to prepare the offender for reentry into society, regardless of its specific length.

Instead of growing fear and distrust with governmental institutions, as generally observed by Garland in late modern society in the Western industrializd world, trust in criminal justice institutions in late modern Scandinavia could actually been largely maintained in recent years.

The research is called LIFE IMPRISONMENT IN SCANDINAVIA: THE ULTIMATE PUNISHMENT IN THE PENAL ENVIRONMENTS OF DENMARK, FINLAND, AND SWEDEN. The Ph.D is defended August 2015.

Contact: Doris Schartmueller

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