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Post penal treatment in Spain

Iva Radulović (2013) Post penal treatment in Spain. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    Post penal treatment should be used throughout the whole world, because life in prison entirely differs from life in freedom. In my thesis, my interest was the treatment of convicts and former convicts in Spain, since I lived in Madrid for a year, where I, theoretically, as well as practically, encountered the world of imprisonment. The theory and the practice of post penal assistance in Spain partially differ, but, as I found out, sometimes also coincide. I would describe the post penal treatment as a treatment, help for the prisoners and former prisoners in the fields of habituation, employment, finances, health care and possible addiction, the contact with family and friends, legal representation and psychological assistance, as well as any other scope of assistance needed. I believe that post penal treatment should already begin during imprisonment, and continue upon release. It is a fact, that the life of an individual thorroughly changes with the entry and the release from prison; for one, with the entry, one has to adapt to the institution, in which the imprisonment is served, while simultaneously preparing for life after the imprisonment, which will probably not continue as it was before. This adaptation to two entirely different realities is a challenging task. Once a convict is set free, he has to reintegrate into society, which means that he has to integrate on different levels. I would describe this process as very challenging, because a former convict is stigmatized as someone whom people fear and therefore refuse to keep in their vicinity. This is where mostly problems with employment, existential and financial problems derive from. These problems are reflected differently in every country, but I believe they are at least partly present everywhere. The primary purpose of my thesis is to display the practice of post penal treatment in Spain before and after the release from prison. In addition to the theoretical part, where the assistance to convicts and former convicts is presented, I also included an empirical part in my work, which shows the post penal treatment and the experience of a user of post penal assistance. I believe, that social pedagogy has a lot to do with post penal assistance, no matter what country discussed, because our profession is specialized for people in the social periphery, where convicts and former convicts undoubtedly find themselves. With the socially pedagogical treatment of these people, it is crucial to start with the needs of users, in order to provide the most effective assistance. This means that convicts and former convicts would retreat from the social periphery right into the heart of society as fast as possible. For this, however, the will and iniciative, commitment and true interest of an individual, as well as the training of professional workers for help and the affection of society, are needed.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: post penal treatment in Spain, convicts and former convicts, problems after the release from prison, interdisciplinary help, reintegration, experience of post penal assistance, stigmatization
    Number of Pages: 59
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Darja Zorc MaverMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9744457)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1682
    Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2013 13:31
    Last Modified: 11 Sep 2013 13:31
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1682

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