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IndeSent: Indeterminate sentencing and imprisonment – an interdisciplinary study of the experiences of court processes and prison practices

Project description

Study on Indeterminate Sentencing and Imprisonment in Denmark

In Denmark, indeterminate prison sentences are used for people who commit very serious offenses and who are deemed likely to re-offend. In such cases, the prisoners must go through a lengthy process of change in order to be considered for release. While the impact of this uncertainty has been reviewed in other European countries, Denmark lacks such research. The EU-funded IndeSent project studies prisoners' experience of being indeterminately sentenced and imprisoned, combining analysis of two different levels of punishment; court and prison. The project applies ethnographic methods in its study of 1) court cases, including observations of and interviews about the moral communication from judges and defendants' interpretation hereof, as well as 2) daily practices, experiences and interactions in prison.


Net EU contribution
€ 219 312,00
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn

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Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00