Paul Nieuwbeerta, born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 1964. Ph.D. from Radboud University Nijmegen. Professor of Criminology at Leiden University.
Fellow (1 February 2015 – 30 June 2015)
Intended and Unintended Consequences of Imprisonment
What are the life circumstances of (ex-)prisoners and their families before, during and after imprisonment? And: What are the effects of imprisonment on further criminal behaviour and conventional life domains of convicted persons and their partners and children?
The research project will (a) describe the life circumstances of (ex-)prisoners and their families before, during and after imprisonment, (b) examine the effects of imprisonment on further criminal behavior and conventional life domains of convicted persons and their partners and children, and (c) give insight into the mechanisms that cause such effects of imprisonment. For these aims data of the Prison Project will be analyzed. This project is a longitudinal study that follows 1,900 men who were put in pre-trail detention, and their partners and children, until the prisoners are 24 months out of prison. All (ex-)prisoners and their family members are questioned repeatedly and information is gathered on multiple life domains. The results will contribute to the current debates on punishment in our society.
1) Ramakers, A., R. Apel, A.J.E. Dirkzwager & P. Nieuwbeerta & J. van Wilsem, (2014). Imprisonment length and post-prison Employment Prospects. Criminology, In print.
2) Cuyper, R. de, Dirkzwager A.J.E., Volker, B., Laan, P.H. van der & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2013). Personal networks of prisoners prior to incarceration: a comparison with the general Dutch population. Social Science Research, 42, 1612-1621.
3) Beijersbergen K.A., Dirkzwager, A.J.E., Eichelsheim, V.I., Laan, P.H. van der & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2013). Procedural justice and prisoners’ mental health problems: A longitudinal study. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, DOI: 10.1002/cbm.1881.