(Note: This newsletter article is a short summary of a scientific article that will be published in the Journal of Prison Education and Reentry. The full reference: Brosens, D., Croux, F., Claes, B., Vandevelde, S., & De Donder, L., (in press). An organizational analysis of foreign national prisoners’ participation possibilities in Flanders (Belgium). Journal of Prison Education and Reentry.)
In Belgium, almost 44% of the prison population have a non-Belgian nationality. The limited research that is conducted about foreign national prisoners mainly focuses on the problems they experience during incarceration, while research only scantly focuses on foreign national prisoners’ opportunities to participate in prison activities. To investigate which prison activities are available for and accessible by foreign national prisoners, interviews have been conducted with the activity coordinators of all prisons in Flanders and Brussels. In this article, it will be demonstrated that the activity coordinators undertake several efforts to increase foreign national prisoners’ participation opportunities, but that they struggle with two organizational challenges.