New guidance for an old problem: Early release for seriously ill and elderly prisoners in Europe
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
 
ID 4527351
Author(s) Handtke, Violet; Wangmo, Tenzin; Elger, Bernice; Bretschneider, Wiebke
Author(s) at UniBasel Elger, Bernice Simone
Handtke, Violet Fleur
Wangmo, Tenzin
Bretschneider, Wiebke
Year 2017
Title New guidance for an old problem: Early release for seriously ill and elderly prisoners in Europe
Journal The Prison Journal
Volume 97
Number 2
Pages / Article-Number 224-246
Keywords compassionate release, medical parole, geriatric release, legal regulation
Abstract Early release of seriously ill and elderly prisoners is possible in several countries, but only few prisoners gain such exemption. We identified hurdles to the implementation of early release laws in Europe by analyzing legal requirements for such release and with 40 stakeholder qualitative interviews. Provisions are based on prisoners' health status and the ability to care for them in prison. Interviews revealed three barriers: practical hurdles, penological goals, and multiple interests. Finally, early release is obstructed because three justifications are often confounded: compassion, the principle of equivalence, and practical concerns, such as costs and overcrowding.
Publisher SAGE
ISSN/ISBN 0032-8855 ; 1552-7522
edoc-URL https://edoc.unibas.ch/74997/
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Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1177/0032885517692805
ISI-Number WOS:000400143800005
Document type (ISI) Article
 
   

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