Our next working group workshop.

Stéphanie Baggio has generously offered to host the next workshop of our Working Group in Geneva, Switzerland! Most likely, the workshop will also include a visit to the (famous) Champ-Dollon prison. So, that will certainly be interesting. Stéphanie, thank you so much for organising the workshop!

The date of our workshop is April 6th and 7th, 2020So, save the date & write it in your calendar!

We hope that many of you will be able to attend this meeting. It is always a great opportunity to hear more about each other’s work and to discuss about prison-related issues in general.

In order to make up the program and to organize the practical issues, could you please let us know:

  1. Whether or not you will attend the workshop in Amsterdam?
  2. What the working title of your presentation is? (If you want to attend the meeting without giving a presentation: just let us know).

We also welcome suggestions for alternative ways of discussing issues (e.g. round table discussion). So, if you want to organise that, please let us know! Please, send your answers to: In this way, we can inform you about the final program as soon as possible.


ESC conference, Ghent, Belgium, 18 – 21 September 2019

Our working group has organised 9 interesting panel sessions, in which some of our work will be presented. So, we’d like to draw your attention to the following panel sessions:

–        Thursday (8.30 – 9.45; Aula aud. D): “Panel 1.4: Empirical prisoners’ rights: the proceduralisation of dignity in prison” (Chair Sonja Snacken)

–        Thursday (10.00 – 11.15; Aula aud. D): “Panel 2.4: ESC Prison Working Group – Imprisonment and Formal and Informal Social Support” (Chair Leonel Gonçalves)

–        Thursday (11.30 – 12.45; Aula aud. D): “Panel 3.4: ESC Prison Working Group – Moral and Experiential Ambiguities in Prisons” (Chair Ben Crewe)

–        Thursday (14.00 – 15.15; Aula aud. D): “Panel 4.4: ESC Prison Working Group – Prison Education in Europe” (Chair An-Sofie Vanhouche)

–        Thursday (16.00 – 17.15; Aula aud. D): “Panel 5.4: ESC Prison Working Group – Working, Life and Programs in Prison” (chair Anouk Bosma)

–        Friday (8.30 – 9.45; Aula aud. D): “Panel 6.4: Imprisonment and Reoffending” (Chair Gunda Wößner)

–        Friday (10.00 – 11.15; Aula aud. D): “Panel 7.4: ESC Prison Working Group: Prisoners’ health and health care” (Chair Anja Dirkzwager)

–        Friday (11.30-12.45; Aula aud. D): “Panel 8.4 Aula: Prison leave across Europe” (Chair: Luc Robert)

–        Saturday (9.00 – 10.15; Aula aud. D): “Panel 10.4: ESC Prison Working Group: Doing Empirical Comparative Prison Research – A roundtable discussion” (Chair Christine Morgenstern)



We haven’t organized a pre-conference meeting this year but it might be nice to meet and have a drink and/or dinner together. Leonel and I propose to go for drinks & dinner on Thursday after the  Plenary Session 1 (at 18.45). So, for those interested in joining: let’s meet on Thursday at 18:45 outside in front of the building where the plenary session is held (i.e. Conference venue UFO Building, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat).


Working group workshop, at NSCR in Amsterdam, 28th  _ 29th  March 2019

We had a wonderful meeting in Amsterdam and we are now planning the organisation of panels for the ESC conference in Ghent!


ESC conference, Sarajevo, 28/8-1/9 2018


Working group workshop, University of Konstanz (Southern Germany)12- 13 April 2018

·         April 12 we will have presentations, from 9am to 6pm. There will be coffee breaks in the morning and afternoon, and we will have lunch in the canteen of the University. In the evening, we will have dinner in a restaurant close to the city centre.

·         April 13, we will have additional presentations. Moreover, we intend to visit the Zentrum für Psychiatrie Reichenau, a forensic clinic in Konstanz. In the evening, we will enjoy a goodbye dinner.


ESC Conference, Cardiff, 13-16 September 2017

Our working group has organised a number of really nice panel sessions again, in which some of our work will be highlighted:

Session 5.1 (Friday): Bringing the outside in – innovative programmes in prisons – Working group on Prison Life & the Effects of Imprisonment (Chair Kristel Beyens)

Session 7.1 (Friday): Solitary, supermax and deep-end imprisonment (Chair: Ben Crewe)

Session 9.1 (Saturday): Scandinavian pains of imprisonment (Chair: Thomas Ugelvik)

Session 9.24 (Saturday): Personal and family strengths on the way from prison into the community (Chair José Cid)

Session 10.1 (Saturday): Discipline and Safety – Staff-prisoner relationships and prisoner adaptation (Chair Vincent Eechaudt)

Session 10.2 (Saturday): Transnational prisons – as phenomenon and field of research (Chair Berit Johnsen)


Working group workshop, University of Cologne, Germany, 23 – 24 March 2017


ESC Conference, Muenster, 21-24 September 2016


Working group workshop, University of Southern Denmark, April 20th-21st 2016

This was another great chance to spend time hearing about lots of different research being conducted by members of the group, as well as debate some contested issues. As always the papers presented were very interesting and diverse in nature. We also had a very informative visit around the State Prison at Søbysøgård, where we got to see both the open and closed conditions (as well as the dairy cows and farm cats).

Thank you so much to Annette, Anette, Julie and Linda for another wonderful event, we were made to feel most welcome! We look forward to seeing many of you in Muenster, Germany very soon.

Some of the presentations from the recent event are now available:

The meaning of repeated imprisonment – Marguerite Schinkel
Peer integration, aggression and mental health in Dutch correctional facilities – Anja Dirkzwager
Human Rights and Czech Prisons – The Czech Way of Humanization – Lukáš Dirga
When family visits are not enough – Michelle Butler


ESC Conference, Porto, 2-5 September 2015


Working group workshop, Royal Holloway University of London at Egham, March 26-27 2015

Rosie Meek generously hosted us at the beautiful and impressive Royal Holloway University of London. Again, it was a great opportunity to get to know each other and each other’s work better, and to discuss about a variety of interesting and important topics related to imprisonment. About 30 participants attended the workshop. The programme was very diverse both in topics that were addressed and in countries that were represented. Topics that were discussed were, for instance, prison architecture, health issues in prison, ‘hygge’, self-empowerment and self-management, educational volunteers, participation in prison programmes, the crimmigration prison, and prisoner led clubs. Some of the presentations are now available:

Self-management of inmates – Toon Mollemans
Understanding the barriers to prisoners’ participation in sport activities – Dorien Brosens
Visitors’ pains of imprisonment – Chris Holligan
Mental and physical health care utilization among young prisoner – Leonel C. Gonçalves
Breaking free of history – imprisonment in Northern Ireland – Michelle Butler

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ESC conference Prague, September 10-13 2014

During this conference, the working group arranged several panels, all of which were well attended. Some of the presentations are now available:

Participation in prison programs: An analysis of the determinants of participation – Dorien Brosens
To desist or not to desist? A qualitative study of long-term prisoners and their plans for life after prison – Jennifer Doekhie
Release preparations for long-term prisoners in European comparison  –
Kirstin Drenkhahn
Imprisonment and the life story – Marguerite Schinkel
Housing pre- and post-detention – Maaike Wensveen


Working group workshop, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, March 13-14 2014

Our meeting in Brussels was a great success – interesting talks, many new people and great food! Thanks to Philippe Kennes, Sonja Snacken and Kristel Beijens for organising. Some of the presentations are now available:

Prison guards’ values and good order in French Prisons – Martine Evans
First years of prison monitoring – assessment of the French prison inspectors’ activities – Pascal Décarpes
Masculinity and adaptation to imprisonment in Lithuanian prisons – Rūta Petkevičiūtė
The impact of the prison regime on adaption and the meaning of imprisonment – Marguerite Schinkel
Mental health problems in prison – changes over time and predictors – Anja Dirkzwager
Analyzing the managing migration through crime thesis – the role of imprisonment in Belgium – Steven De Ridder
Release from prison – ideals and challenges – Anette Storgaard
Food in prison – An-Sofie Vanhouche  & Kristel Beyens


ESC conference Budapest, September 2013

Three thematic panels were organised by the working group:

Session 1: Prison life and adjustment to prison life
Session 2: Effects of imprisonment
Session 3: Imprisonment and desistance in Europe

Two of the presentations are now available:
Imprisonment as transformation – why this view persists among prisoners – Marguerite Schinkel
Preventive detention as a driving force for prison reform in Germany? – Kirstin Drenkhahn