Interview: Penitentiary Systems in the Era of Internet Services in the West

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Yvonne Jewkes


Penitentiaries, E-Governance, Modernization, Communication Technology, History of the Internet


Over the past years, the development of penitentiary Internet services has coincided with an equally widely discussed campaign for the general improvement of government services (so-called e-government). The use of Internet technologies in the penitentiary as an aspect of “modernizing” government services has opened up a field of potential synchronic and diachronic comparisons into the relationship between punishment and the media. By posing the following questions to the two experts, the conversation Laboratorium would like to initiate aims to investigate in comparative perspective how new technologies and services affect the relationship between state and society in the sphere of criminal punishment.

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