This work package examines the position of prisoners in the drafting of legislation.  In comparison to the majority of the population, prisoners have limited opportunities to influence their own positions in society. This situation is due to the constraints imposed by imprisonment.

The analyses focus on:

  1. legislative reforms and law drafting processes concerning prisoners;
  2. specific features of law drafting that relate to prisoners;
  3. the inclusion of prisoners in the drafting of legislation that relates to them;
  4. the impacts of legislative reforms on prisoners;
  5. the impacts of emergency regulations relating to the COVID-19 pandemic on legislation that affects prisoners.

You can read more about the study’s research questions and methods here. As a result of this work, we will produce research-based solutions and policy recommendations for promoting the rights of prisoners in law-making.

This work package led by Anne Alvesalo-Kuusi, Professor of Sociology of Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Turku. The group also includes the following researchers from the University of Turku: researchers Susanna Lundell and Helena Huhta and research assistant, Nea Peltoniemi; and university lecturer Maija Helminen from the University of Helsinki. See Research Group for more detailed information.

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