Women in Prison: Why are there more now than ever before?

  Currently there are 714,000 women in prison in the world. 7% of the global prison population – the total being 10 million prisoners. This may not seem like a significant or even important number in comparison. However, what if I tell you that in 2000 this number was 466,000: an increase of 53% over … More Women in Prison: Why are there more now than ever before?

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