Small-scale

Based on research and international practices, RESCALED advocates for detention houses with a limited capacity of 8 to 25 people. In large-scale prison institutions, the environment is one of anonymity and bureaucracy, and it can be difficult to get to know a person in-depth. Too few people can result in a heightened level of conflict and toxic relationships. A small-scale facility of 8 to 25 enables the creation of a community, where individuals can regain their autonomy and act responsibly. Through meaningful interactions with staff, the community and incarcerated people, relationships are strengthened. This can facilitate dynamic security and improve the social climate in detention. The number of 8 to 25 is used to identify whether an inspirational practice can be regarded as small-scale or not. Facilities with a capacity higher than this can still be and are very much inspirational practices that we can learn from. However, it is important to have a strict limit to not lose sight of why the number above is recommended and even reinforced through the elements of differentiation and community integration.

Small-scale

Based on research and international practices, RESCALED advocates for detention houses with a limited capacity of 8 to 25 people. In large-scale prison institutions, the environment is one of anonymity and bureaucracy, and it can be difficult to get to know a person in-depth. Too few people can result in a heightened level of conflict and toxic relationships. A small-scale facility of 8 to 25 enables the creation of a community, where individuals can regain their autonomy and act responsibly. Through meaningful interactions with staff, the community and incarcerated people, relationships are strengthened. This can facilitate dynamic security and improve the social climate in detention. The number of 8 to 25 is used to identify whether an inspirational practice can be regarded as small-scale or not. Facilities with a capacity higher than this can still be and are very much inspirational practices that we can learn from. However, it is important to have a strict limit to not lose sight of why the number above is recommended and even reinforced through the elements of differentiation and community integration.

"Shaping the future, a 1000 originals

Small-scale, differentiated and community-integrated facilities can be found in many European countries. There is not one, but a thousand detention houses. As part of the two-year WISH-EU Project, Prison Insider developed an interactive map that visualizes a database of detention facilities from various European regions. Throughout this European-funded project, we identified and visited over 40 good practices that apply one or more of the following principles: small-scale, differentiation and community-integration. Since then, RESCALED has continued to identify and visit practices whose stories can inspire us to drive systemic change. We have further developed the map to include various filters and detailed reports so you can get to know these inspirational practices!

"Shaping the future, a 1000 originals

Small-scale, differentiated and community-integrated facilities can be found in many European countries. There is not one, but a thousand detention houses. As part of the two-year WISH-EU Project, Prison Insider developed an interactive map that visualizes a database of detention facilities from various European regions. Throughout this European-funded project, we identified and visited over 40 good practices that apply one or more of the following principles: small-scale, differentiation and community-integration. Since then, RESCALED has continued to identify and visit practices whose stories can inspire us to drive systemic change. We have further developed the map to include various filters and detailed reports so you can get to know these inspirational practices!