Aging behind bars in Portugal: A case study of a prison context

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Liste des auteurs: Fernandes, S., Ferreira, C., Ferreira-Oliveira, A. T., Miguel, I., & Santos, C.
Editeur: Universidade do Porto; Salarya University
Place: Porto
Année de publication: 2017
Languages: Anglais-Royaume-Uni (EN-GB)


This paper presents a study about the ageing of people under detention,
based on the analysis of a prison located in the north of Portugal.
Scarce studies were developed with this population and statistical data
indicates the increasing number of elderly inmates in the Portuguese
prison context. This paper intends to explore the perceptions of the
inmates who are over 60 years old, as well as other professionals who
interact daily with this population. The research is a case study with a
qualitative approach. Data collection includes semi-structured
interviews to prisoners, the prison director, guards, health
professionals, reeducation professionals, etc. For the purpose of this
paper, only results from interviews to prisoners will be analyzed
(n=11). Ethical issues and procedures were carefully considered during
all phases of the research plan. The results intend to contribute to a
greater comprehension of the ageing phenomena behind bars and the
imprisonment experiences lived by elderly prisoners, including
adaptation to prison as well as resocialization issues, pointed out as
of great importance by the Portuguese legal system frameworks. Results
of this exploratory paper show a description of the social
representations of elderly inmates, regarding perspectives of life
trajectory without imprisonment, reasons for the crime practice and its
interpretation, representation of prison admission, adaptation to
prison, representation of the relationship with professionals, social
representation of prison population and resocialization and age.


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