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The Support of Steady Intimate Relationships of Prisoners in Germany

Anna Schnepper, from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Faculty of Law, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Criminal Justice and Human Rights,” under the title “The Support of Steady Intimate Relationships of Prisoners in Germany”. Here is the abstract: The presentation is based on a doctoral dissertation about the consequences of imprisonment on steady relationships of prisoners and the possibilities in Germany to pursue their relationship while being convicted. Supposedly relationships do not easily survive after the imprisonment of one partner although this can be an important criterion for whether the resocialization will succeed or not. The work first deals with interdisciplinary research results on the effects, imprisonment might have on the relationships of prisoners. Then legal rights of prisoner and partner in Germany will be analyzed, especially trying to answer the question whether it is the government's responsibility to increase (intimate) contact with partners outside of jail. The empirical research focuses on possible actions that are undertaken in some prisons in Germany, e.g. conjugal visits. The author will give an overview of the current legal and actual situation for prisoners and their partners in Germany by presenting first results of her work in progress.

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  • “The Support of Steady Intimate Relationships of Prisoners in Germany”, by Anna Schnepper (Proceedings)

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