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?
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
This week, both Dutch and international press are writing about a new initiative in Dutch prisons: inmates received the key to their own cell. The initiative is carried out in Arhnem, and has been met with critique and worries from prison staff. With the aim of increasing prisoners’ self-reliance, prisoners receive ownership of their cell’s … More Dutch Prison Gives Key to Inmates
The initial reason that led me to start this blog 6 months ago, was to share with you the results of my Master’s dissertation. I wanted to create a space where my work and ideas could be easily accessible to others and prevent it from collecting dust on my bookshelf. Having doven into the blog creation … More The World’s Most Humane Prison, in Theory
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
A while ago, a friend of a friend stayed with me for a couple of days. She came from California and was looking for job opportunities in the Netherlands. Why did she come to the Netherlands, I asked her. Because of the prison system, she told me. She had heard it was the country with the … More Dutch Prisons: A masterplan of punishment
“I was sentenced to prison, but at the same time it was the only place I was free.” – Sara in Prison Sisters (2016) This week, I am visiting the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, one of my favourite film festivals. One of the documentaries that touched me the most was Prison Sisters by Nima Sarvestani. In … More Prison Sisters (movie review)