The many hurdles of social rehabilitation

By Christian BlockLex Kleren Switch to German for original article

The 2018 reform was supposed to put resocialisation at the heart of the penal system. Goal achieved? Opinions differ. Additional uncertainty is caused by the fact that no decision has yet been made as to whether the prison in Schrassig will be modernised or make way for a new building.

Awful. That is the word that comes to François*' mind when he thinks back to his time in the closed prison in Schrassig. "You see a lot of misery. You are no longer in control of your life", the man confides to the Lëtzebuerger Journal. François reports about outdated and run-down cells and mould in the showers. The climate between the inmates is generally good. There is a kind of solidarity because they are all in the same boat. But having " sensible conversations" is only possible with a few people.

The then 22-year-old spends six months in pre-trial detention in the "Centre pénitentiaire de Luxembourg" (CPL) because, as he says, he sold drugs to acquaintances "on a small scale". His subsequent prison sentence is integrally suspended.

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