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French Prisons: une humiliation pour la République

Trouille, Helen ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0383-8920 and Feuillée-Kendall, Pascale (2004) French Prisons: une humiliation pour la République. Modern and Contemporary France, 12 (2). pp. 159-175.

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In France in recent years, the spotlight has been on the state of French prisons. The incarceration of well-known figures who have chosen to publish details of the conditions of their detention, and prison doctor Véronique Vasseur’s revelations about the Paris prison La Santé shocked the nation, forcing politicians to act. Two major reports by the Assemble´e nationale and Senate concluded that France’s prisons were une humiliation pour la République. But the grande loi pénitentiaire envisaged by Jospin did not come to fruition. Several reports later (on non-custodial sentences, prison work and prison suicides), will the massive prison-building campaign aimed at tackling the overcrowding at the source of the crisis be the only solution implemented? The article commences with a brief historical overview of the origins of the French prison system, outlining the evolution in attitudes towards incarceration. We then review the state of France’s prisons today and examine recent attempts at prison reform.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09639480410001693034
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
School/Department: York Business School
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5201

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