ABOUT THE PROJECT

The main objective of this project is to examine the effects of incarceration on offenders’ main life domains – family (life partners and children), human capital, group of friends and criminal activity, and to develop a theoretical and empirical model of analysis this topic, adapted to the Romanian realities. The specific objectives are:

  • to identify the consequences of incarceration on inmates’ criminal activity.
  • to identify the consequences of incarceration on the main aspects of inmates’ life – family (life partners and children), human capital, group of friends.
  • to describe the mechanisms through which prison leaves its stamp on offenders’ lives
  • to identify what factors can overcome the negative impact of prison on offenders’ further criminal behavior and other life domains
  • to develop a set of recommendations for penal and social policies

Main activities:

2013

  • review of international literature on intended and unintended effects of prison
  • documentation analysis about the use of imprisonment in Romania
  • official data analysis on the imprisonment trends in Romania (2000-2012); comparison with other European countries
  • documentary stages: Leiden University, Cambridge University
  • elaboration of project methodology

2014

  • data collection
  • interviews transcription; SPSS database quantitative data.
  • summer school participation.
  • interpretation of the interviews
  • analysis of quantitative data.

2015

  • developing explanations for prison effects.
  • elaboration of a theoretical and empirical model of researching prison effects in Romania.
  • research stage at Leiden University: evaluation, consultations etc.
  • developing a set of penal and social measures that can impede the negative effects of incarceration.

 

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