Drug Laws and Overcrowding in Ecuador: The story of a young man called Robin

Researching the conditions of Ecuadorian prisons in relationship to natural disasters for my previous blog article, I asked many of my friends and contacts here about their opinion of the prison system. It was then that I realized how widespread incarceration was: generally everyone I spoke to had a close relative or acquaintance in prison, … More Drug Laws and Overcrowding in Ecuador: The story of a young man called Robin

Prisons During Natural Disasters: What to do and how to prepare?

18:58 hours on the 16th of April 2016. An earthquake with the magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter scale hits the coast of Ecuador. For over 40 seconds, the earth shakes, trembles. People who lived it describe it as if the earth has turned into the sea, with giant waves that make you unable to … More Prisons During Natural Disasters: What to do and how to prepare?

Prison Village Gone Bad: Dutch research article on Venezuelan prison

Two Dutch journalists recently visited Tocoron prison in Venezuela, a prison run by its prisoners with the guards left outside to merely guard the gates. And life inside is flourishing. While the country is overtaken by protests and a lack of adequate services, the prison shops offer more food than is available outside and even … More Prison Village Gone Bad: Dutch research article on Venezuelan prison

Panopticon Prison Haarlem: Turning the cupola inside out

The Netherlands is in the process of closing 19 of its prisons. For one, because the number of prisoners has declined to such an extent that it left many prisons (half)empty. And two, for reasons of austerity closely linked to the ‘Masterplan‘: older and smaller prisons  will be substitute for newly built and larger complexes. As a … More Panopticon Prison Haarlem: Turning the cupola inside out

Critiquing Critique: The Stanford Prison Experiment

    What happens when you put 24 students in a prison setting, randomly assigning half to take up the role of prison guard and the other half the role of prisoner? You get Zimbardo’s famous Stanford Prison Experiment.   What happens when an opinion maker judges a prison experiment without having stepped a foot inside … More Critiquing Critique: The Stanford Prison Experiment