Determinants and consequences of a procedurally just treatment of prisoners

This project focuses on procedural justice in prisons. In this project procedural justice refers to prisoners’ perceptions of the fairness of procedures in prisons, the interpersonal treatment within prison (e.g. being treated with respect and humanity), and positive and constructive officer-prisoner relationships. The first aim is to examine to what extent contextual factors within prisons (characteristics and composition of prison staff and prison architecture) are related to a procedurally just treatment of prisoners. The second aim is to examine to what extent a fair and respectful treatment of prisoners affects prisoners’ adjustment in prison (misconduct and mental health problems) and after prison (recidivism). This project uses data from the Prison Project, a largescale and longitudinal study following 1.900 prisoners.

drs. Karin Beijersbergen, promovendus, prof. dr. Peter van der Laan, prof. dr. Paul Nieuwbeerta (Universiteit Leiden), promotoren, dr. Anja Dirkzwager, co-promotor

dr. Anja Dirkzwager

About dr. Anja Dirkzwager

Anja Dirkzwager received her Ph.D. degree in 2002 for a dissertation on posttraumatic stress reactions among Dutch soldiers who participated in international peacekeeping operations, and the wellbeing of their family members. Subsequently, she worked at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL) investigating the physical and mental health consequences of disasters.

As of August 2007, she works as a senior researcher at NSCR. She is one of the principal investigators who initiated the Prison Project, a nationwide and longitudinal study on the effects of imprisonment on the further life-course of prisoners and their families. Her research interests include the physical and mental health of prisoners and their family members; prisoners’ perceptions of the conditions of confinement; and the effects of imprisonment on the further life-course.

She is chairing the ESC working group Prison Life & Effects of Imprisonment.

Anja is a member of the Life-course Cluster, the Intergenerational Cluster and the Sanctions Cluster.

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