Life Quality in People Serving Prison Sentences in Romanian Penitentiary Institutions. Premises for Future Socio-Educational Programs
Keywords:penitentiary life, quality of life, detainee behavior, prison sentence
The present paper aims to bring forward the impact that the quality of life has on the detainees of penitentiary institutions and the way they navigate their prison living throughout their sentence. As the parameters have shown herein, the quality of life on prison detainees differs based on their assessments of life within the confined spaces of the penitentiary, including their relationships with other detainees, the support activities they are involved in and whether they have definitely been convicted or they have been in their pretrial detention period. This prerequisite has been quite important in the evaluation of the quality of life for detainees since based on these convictions, if permanent or temporary, and through the help of the survey as method of investigation, one has been able to outline the different needs, activities, opportunities and standard of living per se of the ones placed under the confinement of the law. This assessment has put forward also the relationships that the detainees have with the participation in the socio-educational programs and medical services offered within and with the participation in the sports activities carried out, while highlighting their understanding and judgment of how they are being treated inside, thus the right to humanity and decency.
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