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Mourir en prison : entre punition supplémentaire et «choix» contraint

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Queloz Nicolas,
Project End-of-Life in prison: legal context, institutions and actors
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Revue internationale de criminologie et de police technique et scientifique
Volume (Issue) 67(3)
Page(s) 373 - 383
Title of proceedings Revue internationale de criminologie et de police technique et scientifique


To die in prison: between additional punishment and forced “choice” Summary In Switzerland, the oldest inmate «celebrated» his 90th birthday in prison in December 2013. He was sentenced in June 2010 to 10 years of deprivation of liberty for having committed serious crimes against sexual integrity. In 2013, he was suffering from advanced insanity and from a cancer in terminal phase. His request for an interruption of his deprivation of liberty for «serious grounds» and for «inhuman and degrading punishment» has finally been rejected by the highest Swiss Criminal Federal Court. This case is a good illustration of the actual significant trends in criminal policy: ageing of prison populations; lengthening of deprivation of liberty; morbidity of detention; and an even harsher security position of the criminal justice. In this context, this article aims at presenting the research «End of life in prison» carried out by our team at the University of Fribourg. Under the label of the right to die in dignity, we can expect that the end of life will not occur in prison. Elderly inmates have therefore expressed their hope to spend their last day behind bars: forced «choice» from persons definitely in margin of society? Keywords: Criminal policy, long term sentences, ageing in prison, which end of life?, research in Switzerland.