Entry Title: "Inmate"
Name: Jens Juul , Denmark
Category and Expertise: Portrait_P, Professional
Entry Description: Inmate is a project that takes its point of departure in a profound curiousity regarding which consequences it has to someones life to be punished with long-term imprisonment. The project is using a combination of interviews, portraits and picture documentation of the everyday life in Danish prisons to tell the story of inmates.
In Denmark, imprisonment is largely seen as punishment, but with an agenda of offering possibilities for resocialization, and only severely hardened or mentally ill inmates have little prospect of ever getting out. However, reality is that resocialization is difficult, even in a social-liberal welfare state like Denmark. The question then is: if prison breeds more criminals, how does society benefit from locking people away? It is my ambition to start a public debate about the relationship between justice, punishment, revenge and resocialization that will hopefully engage both the public and the politicians. Each year, so many families live with the consequences of crime. Children of criminals and victims alike are growing up with the effects of crime and punishment. So we’d better make it count