• Caroline Tølbøl Rosholm Pedersen
  • Stine Thulsted Nielsen
  • Dinah Sejerøe-Olsen
4. semester, Socialt Arbejde, Kandidat (Kandidatuddannelse)
This thesis intends to explore how prison officers can work with the concept of resocializing regarding the inmates of The Institutions of the Prisons and Probation Service in Denmark. Furthermore, the thesis will include which factors influence either inhibiting – or promotion of the resocialization. Previously, Denmark has been ranked fourth out of a total of 11 countries, in relation to resocializing of former inmates. Nevertheless, the resocializing effort is subsequently problematized partly because of a decrease in the number of prison officers to an increasing number of inmates, and partly because the work of resocializing is not financially prioritized. This thesis will examine these tendencies through the use of a qualitative method where interviews with former inmates and prison officers across The Institutions of the Prison and Probation Service will be collected and analyzed. The interviews have been conducted with a semi-structured method in order to create openness and pursue the informants’ responses. The gathered empirical data will be included in the analysis through interpretations of direct quotation while using a hermeneutic perspective, which aims to unite understandings of the topic and the informants' responses. Furthermore, the analysis is inspired by the adaptive theory, allowing relevant theories to be ongoing incorporated – and where the orienting concepts can be useful in the further process of the empirical data, as they can be used in a thematic approach. The analysis is based on Goffman’s theory of Total Institutions, Honneth’s theory of Recognition, neoliberal empowerment orientation, and Clemmer's concept of Prisonization. The analysis is constructed in continuation of the research questions connected to the problem formulation and is divided into the following segments: Resocializing efforts, the social processes, and the institutional framework. Furthermore, the possibility of prison officers working with resocialization will be discussed, including the several factors having an impact on the final result of the efforts. Based on the analysis, the overall conclusion states, that most inhibitory factors appear, including the lack of relations between prison officers and inmates, as well as the high priority of administrative work compared to the prison officers other important work. The analysis also leads to the finding, that the prison officers don't have a decisive impact on the inmate's resocialization back to society after their release. Lastly, the thesis includes a perspectivation concerning an expansion of the current “mentor program”, where the mentor function must be transformed into a Case Manager who follows the inmates from sentencing, through the institutions of the Prison and Probation Service and, after release.

Udgivelsesdato2 jun. 2020
Antal sider84
Ekstern samarbejdspartnerKriminalforsorgen
Direktoratet for Kriminalforsorgen csf@krfo.dk
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