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As practice becomes policy; children become risky business

The current situation in Sweden with lethal violence among young males, has brought the best interest of the child into conflict with public concerns and security. This was notably highlighted in May 2023 when the Swedish government announced a public inquiry to decrease the age of criminal responsibility from fifteen years down to the age of twelve. Yet, in the present study, I have conducted observations and interviews with police investigators and social workers situated in a particularly disadvantaged area, with the focal point of analysis being problem representation through policy enactment.

New blog post by Emma-Lisa Gångare.

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“Healthy prisons” during disruptions

When researching on health and wellbeing in two Norwegian prisons, challenges such as Covid-19, austerity measures, and organizational changes became a central part of data. The findings illuminate distinct impacts these disruptions had on staff-prisoner relationships, underscoring the potential significance of prison size in understanding these variations.

New blog post by Pernille Nyvoll.

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Spotlighting the probation meeting

Little is known about the content of meetings between formerly imprisoned persons and probation staff following imprisonment. This blogpost highlights lived experiences of these meetings, from the perspectives of persons who recently returned to the community. Not surprisingly, the interaction contributed to feelings of being captured in freedom. But above all, in these contexts, the staff was perceived as treasured safe havens. 

New blog post by Sylvia Koffeld-Hamidane.

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Let’s talk methods! The potential of app-based textual interviewing in criminology

Qualitative criminologists still rarely use technology when collecting research data, despite the fact that most people today communicate digitally on an everyday basis. Using text-based apps to conduct interviews is one example of how digital platforms can be used as an advantage both to conduct interviews and to recruit interviewees from hard-to-reach populations.

New blog post by Silje Anderdal Bakken.

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Nordic Youths’ Involvement in Street Gangs

A new study shows that preventive measures should be targeted especially at criminally active young people as early as possible. The low importance of social marginalization may indicate that the gang-like behavior patterns of young people in the Nordic countries have spread beyond the original disadvantaged communities and areas.

Markus Kaakinen (University of Helsinki) has headed a research team from all the Nordic countries studying youth street gang connections.

Read the article and policy brief.

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Punishment in the digital age: smart prisons, video visitation and electronic surveillance in the 21st century

The relationship between punishment and digitalisation is an evolving one. Prisons have typically prioritised adaptation of new technologies for security, surveillance and control, although recent trends towards “smart” prisons and increased digital communication suggest a potential shift towards the use of digital advances for rehabilitative purposes.

However, limited online access in particular in an increasingly online world raises concerns about how these technologies are used. Does digitalisation create alternatives to traditional penal practices, or is a shift towards a more punitive turn likely?

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Unfulfilled educational potential in Danish prisons

Incarcerated people in Danish prisons and remand prisons are requesting better educational options. However, the lack of educational options – especially above ground school level – place limitations on meeting the educational requests of the incarcerated people, leaving a large unfulfilled educational potential in Danish prisons.

This is one of the major conclusions of the recently published report “Uddannelse til indsatte” (“Education for incarcerated people”) by the educational think tank Perspektiv.

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Call for papers

Call for presentations to The Stockholm Criminology Symposium 2024

Each year in June, the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå) organize the Stockholm Criminology Symposium.

The main theme for 2024 will be Trust and legitimacy in the work to combat crime. We will also have a second theme, When children commit crime. As usual, there is also a general theme, Contemporary criminology.

Read more and submit your abstract.

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Exploring the Complexities of Sexual Consent and Voluntariness in Swedish Youth Intimate Partner Violence

Sexual consent is deeply intertwined with expectations and stereotypes based on gender, age and sexuality – which are often a guiding force for youth at the starting point of their sexual lives, conditioning their sexual experiences.

Blog post by Clara Fahlstadius

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  • Newsletter – January 2024

    Nordic Youths’ Involvement in Street Gangs – Markus Kaakinen has headed an NSfK-funded study on youth street gang connections, resulting in a new policy brief. NSfK travel grants are awarded three times per year. The next application deadline is 16 February.

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  • Nordic Youths’ Involvement in Street Gangs

    A new study shows that preventive measures should be targeted especially at criminally active young people as early as possible. The low importance of social marginalization may indicate that the gang-like behavior patterns of young people in the Nordic countries have spread beyond the original disadvantaged communities and areas. Markus Kaakinen (University of Helsinki) has…

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  • Newsletter – December 2023

    US and Nordic prisons – not so different as they seem? What happens when one tries to implement philosophies, ideals and practices of Nordic prisons in a US prison? Synøve Andersen got funded by us to find out, resulting in the first NSfK policy brief.

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