Round table March 27, 2017 - Forms of social assistance available for former prisoners

Pictures of the event can be viewed here.

Round table March 10, 2017 - Work as a drama. Former prisoners' experiences on the labour market

Work as a drama. Former prisoners’ experiences on the labour market

The lack or inadequacy of professional qualifications, the absence of occupational strategies, the decoupling from the labour market, the distance between prisoners, the state, and the labour market, working without documentation, subcontracting, economic and occupational vulnerability, criminal record, the absence of a professional or occupational narrative, stigmatization and processes of auto-stigmatization are just a few of the obstacles former prisoners encounter upon prison release. Drawing on the results from the “Ethnography of Prisoners’ Transitions” research project, conducted by the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest and University of Oslo, we invite you to a debate about employment and alternative forms of work among former prisoners.

This discussion engages not only social scientists, but also professionals involved in the criminal justice system, NGO representatives, employment agencies, and politicians. Therefore, we bring together experts from institutions and organizations that are directly involved with the work experiences of former prisoners. Departing from the multiple strategies used by former inmates in order to become economically active, we hope to initiate an applied discussion on the possible policy measures available for former inmates.

The debate will take place on March 10th 2017, 10:00. 90, Panduri street, Sala de consiliu. For further information, please contact Andrada Istrate, 0744.430.190,

The Ethnography of the Prisoners’ Transitions research project aims at developing an advanced understanding of the re-entry process from the subjective perspective of prisoners themselves. The processes, interactions, meanings and conflicts involved in re-entry will be exmined from Roma and non-Roma prisoner’s point of view. Moreover, in order to assess the impact of the cultural, political and social environment on the reintegration process, the research was conducted in two countries: Norway and Romania. For more details, please consult:

Pictures of the event can be viewed here.

The living library, June 28th 2016

The living library works as a regular library, where people come, borrow and return books. The difference is that, in this case, the books are the actual people with whom the readers connect. If you want to find out about prisons, about the people who work there, or the inmates, please borrow a “book!”

This year, Jilava Prison organized the Living Library event in a partnership with the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work. Over 150 students, professors, volunteers, civil society representatives, educators, social workers and psychologists working in prison, but, most importantly, inmates were there present. Out research team was also present to talk about the reentry possibilities of the former inmates.

Pictures of the event can be viewed here

Photo exhibition
“I expected it to be tough...”

This photo exhibition targets the wider audiences, willing to visually represent the most important concerns, worries, and obstacles that former inmates face.

From the photos taken by participants themselves, we can understand that the most frequent themes are those related to family, work, loss and shame, identity, continuity, joy, dreams, but also criminal record, stigma, or shame.

We hope that, as we get to know them better, we could help them start a new life, as many of them want at the moment of the release.

The exhibition will be launched during the international conference “MULTIDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVESz IN THE QUASI-COERCIVE TREATMENT OF OFFENDERS – Probation as a field of study and research: From person to society”, 31 March – 1 April 2016, Timișoara.

The photos made ​​by the prisoners and included in the exhibition can be viewed here.

SPECTO 2016, March 31st – April 1st 2016,
Timișoara, Romania

West University of Timisoara proudly announces The 5th International Conference MULTIDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES IN THE QUASI-COERCIVE TREATMENT OF OFFENDERS – Probation as a field of study and research: From person to society, which will be held on 31 March – 01 April, 2016 in Timisoara- Romania. Find out more about the conference:

Photo courtesy of Ioana Trușcă - here.